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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:12 am 
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Husband Mark was arrested Friday high bail, IIRC Curtis Wright made deal for 25 years

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Mark Sievers, husband of slain Bonita Springs doctor, arrested
By Ryan Mills, Kristine Gill and Jacob Carpenter of the Naples Daily News

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An eight-month investigation culminated Friday with Mark Sievers in handcuffs and a red jail jumpsuit, arrested in Lee County on a murder charge in connection with the killing of his wife, Dr. Teresa Sievers.

The arrest comes after Sievers' childhood friend, Curtis "Wayne" Wright Jr., 47, pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge in connection with the killing.

"We were after Mark Sievers. We got our man, and we're very happy about that," Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said on the steps of the Sheriff's Office moments after Sievers was perpwalked in front of local media.

Deputies arrested Sievers, 47, on a second-degree murder charge. Prosecutors will now decide whether to convene a grand jury to seek a first-degree murder indictment. If Sievers is indicted, he would face a mandatory life sentence if convicted and could face the death penalty.

Sievers has long been suspected of orchestrating the June 2015 killing of his wife, which detectives have said was carried out by Wright and Jimmy Ray Rodgers, 25, who was extradited to Lee County this week and faces a murder charge.

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Hardly any news on this. I'll set up a tickler to check on status every few weeks, for trial date.

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The State Attorney’s Office formally filed charges against Jimmy Ray Rodgers and Mark Sievers on Friday [March 11, 2016] in the death of Dr. Teresa Sievers.

Both men are each charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder.

Source: http://www.news-press.com/story/news/cr ... /81666018/


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Mark Sievers wants reduced bond in wife's slaying, has new attorney
By Ben Brasch | News-Press.com | March 30, 2016


Mark Sievers and his new Naples attorney asked a judge Tuesday to reduce the $4.43 million bond keeping him jailed in the slaying of his wife.

[...] Judge John Duryea set the $4.4 million bond because investigative files show Teresa Sievers was worth that amount in life insurance and a prosecutor was afraid Mark Sievers would try to bond out with that money.

[...] The attorney made his case for the reduced bond by saying that Sievers has no criminal record and has lived in Lee County a decade where he has a mother and two daughters. The girls — ages 11 and 9 — are with their maternal grandmother who filed an emergency petition last week to gain custody of them.

The law firm will also represent Sievers in those custody hearings.

More at link: http://www.news-press.com/story/news/cr ... /82423692/

Sievers plead not guilty March 28. Next court date set for May 18th.


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No exit for Sievers after judge denies bond reduction
By ABC7 | April 21, 2016

A judge denied a motion Thursday to reduce Mark Sievers' bond on a second-degree murder charge.

Sievers' new attorney took the case back to the court of Judge Bruce Kyle to argue the $4.43 million bond was too much, and asked for a reduction to $250,000.

The $4.43 million total was established based on the value of insurance policies on Sievers' slain wife, Teresa - but none of that cash has been released by any of the insurance companies.

Mark Sievers answered dozens of questions that covered those policies, their home ownership, and shared responsibilities. But nothing he said was substantial enough to change the bond amount.

"They are not willing to pay anything out until the investigation is concluded," Sievers said. "They will not release any funds until the conclusion of this investigation, is what they've communicated with me. I'm not entitled to receive or benefit at all from anything pertaining to the estate or joint assets or anything of my wife until this is concluded and I'm acquitted."

His attorney, Michael Mummert, argued that it might as well be zero because he said Mark Sievers doesn't have anything close to the amount that would get him out of jail.

Mummert had hoped a lower bond would not only get him out but allow him a chance to fight for parental rights in a case with the Department of Children and Families regarding custody of his two daughters.

The state, though, revisited allegations that Mark Sievers' best friend, Curtis Wright, was hired for the murder.

Wright told investigators he was paid by Mark Sievers, a claim Sievers' attorney reminded was being made by a convicted felon.

Source: http://www.abc-7.com/story/31786230/no- ... -reduction


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Teresa Sievers' mother gets custody of kids
Jacob Carpenter, Naples Daily News | News-Press.com | May 16, 2016


The daughters of Lee County murder defendant Mark Sievers will remain in the temporary custody of their maternal grandmother as the case moves toward trial, a Lee County judge ruled Monday.

Circuit Judge Robert Branning denied the request of Mark Sievers’ mother, Bonnie, to have temporary custody of the two daughters transferred to her, determining it’s in the girls’ best interest to remain with their maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Groves. The custody fight stems from the unavailability of both of the girls’ parents — Mark Sievers has been in jail since February, accused of orchestrating the June 2015 killing of his 46-year-old wife and the children’s mother, Teresa Sievers.

Branning’s ruling is a victory for Groves and the Florida Department of Children and Families, which advocated for keeping the children with Groves.

But for Mark Sievers, the hearing could have been worse. A guardian ad litem sought to appoint a third-party organization to monitor all phone calls between Mark Sievers and his daughters, arguing he had been improperly influencing his kids. Branning issued a stern warning to Mark Sievers, but stopped short of mandating the monitoring, which would have reduced the number of jailhouse calls.

“Discussions about this case, discussions about persons involved in this case, are going to stop,” Branning said. “The evidence I heard here today and in earlier motions is unacceptable.”

The ruling ended two days of testimony and argument, which at times revealed some of the animosity between the families of Mark and Teresa Sievers amid the high-profile murder case.

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Lawyers in Sievers case argue over evidence for trial
By Brett Murphy | Naples Daily News | October 7, 2016


Lawyers involved in the Lee County first-degree murder cases of Mark Sievers and Jimmy Rodgers tussled Friday over unseen evidence.

At a hearing for the two defendants, Assistant State Attorney Hamid Hunter said his office is trying to wrangle all of the DNA evidence and cellphone data to provide to defense lawyers for trial. But given how much time has passed in the case, “that’s not sufficient,” said Chief Assistant Public Defender Kathleen Fitzgeorge, who is representing Rodgers.
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Wright has pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge and has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence. Mark Sievers and Rodgers have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.

But the case has dragged since Rodgers' and Wright's arrests in August 2015. “We can’t progress without all discovery,” Fitzgeorge said, citing “literally hundreds” of swabs from different crime scenes, as well as information kept in Sievers' and Rogers’ cellphones that the state hasn’t yet produced.

“This is regular and routine discovery, and we don’t have it,” Fitzgeorge said.

Hunter invited defense lawyers to join him at the sheriff’s office and digital forensic lab to go through anything that may be submitted as evidence.

“We’re having problems reviewing the computer records," Hunter said, adding that much of it needs reformatting.

Lee Circuit Judge Bruce Kyle said the state’s efforts are, in fact, sufficient.
“He’s inviting you to come look,” Kyle told Fitzgeorge. “It’s something the two of you will have to square away.”

Kyle set the next case management conference for Dec. 18.

More at link: http://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/cr ... /91724148/


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Judge orders SAO to turn over hard drive in Sievers case
By ABC-7.com | December 15, 2016


Fort Myers, FL - Two men accused in the murder of Dr. Teresa Sievers appeared in court Thursday for a case management hearing.

Mark Sievers allegedly planned the murder of his wife while Jimmy Rodgers is accused of committing the crime in the Sievers Bonita Springs home, alongside Curtis Wright, who filed a plea deal in the case.

Defense attorneys for Sievers and Rodgers both argued the state has not made discovery available to them based on a technical issue.
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Defense attorneys for Sievers also noted their motion to strike the death penalty, denied by the judge, was being appealed currently in Florida courts. His attorneys expect to appoint an additional lead with death penalty certification for the state.

Both cases are back in court February 23rd.

More at link: http://www.abc-7.com/story/34068028/jud ... evers-case


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Defendants in Sievers' murder case in court
By Jaclyn Bevis | NBC-2.com | February 23, 2017 5:27 PM CST


FORT MYERS - Two men arrested in connection with the murder of Dr. Teresa Sievers in 2015 were in court Thursday for case management hearings.

Jimmy Rodgers and his attorneys announced their plans to review a hard drive with the state in early March.

The same hard drive has been the topic of several hearings in the past, as the state struggled to get contents of the drive to the defense teams. In the end, Rodgers' attorneys and the attorneys for co-defendant Mark Sievers were required to schedule appointments with the state to view the documents on the hard drive.

In recent days, Judge Bruce Kyle handed down his decision on the plans to appoint a death qualified attorney for Mark Sievers to work alongside Faga Law Group.

Kyle is asking that Sievers, qualified as indigent, go through the process to have a death qualified attorney appointed to him, as opposed to selecting the attorney he'll receive.

The next court date for both defendants is scheduled for May 4.

More at link: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/34589436/def ... e-in-court


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Discovery from last case management hearing. :roll

Documents: Killer in Sievers death spoke with husband often
By Melissa Montoya, Ryan Mills for USA Today | News-Press | May 3, 2017


In the weeks leading up to the killing of Dr. Teresa Sievers, her husband Mark Sievers had almost daily text message exchanges with Curtis Wayne Wright, the man who has confessed to the crime.

The exchanges between Mark Sievers, 49, and Wright, 48, were included in nearly 1,600 pages of Sievers’ text messages released Wednesday by the state attorney’s office as part of a public records request.

The text messages date back as early as 2010 to July 1, 2015, two days after 46-year-old Teresa Sievers was found dead inside the Bonita Springs home she shared with her husband and two young daughters.

More at link: http://www.news-press.com/story/news/cr ... 101257256/


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I'm being lazy today. :N14
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Judge appointed Teresa's brother as trustee. Mark Sievers remains as a beneficiary. :roll

Judge orders Mark Sievers removed as trustee of wife's life insurance
NBC News 2, May 23, 2017

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/35500078/jud ... -insurance
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Sievers home ransacked, but nothing stolen
FOX4, May 31, 2017

http://www.fox4now.com/news/local-news/ ... ing-stolen
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This is heartbreaking to read. Defense has 30 days to argue the motion. Seems they argue everything. Then judge will make a ruling.

Grandmother petitions to move Sievers' daughters to CT
NBC News 2, June 6, 2017

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/35603449/gra ... ters-to-ct


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