Husband guilty of murder in Florida doctor’s hammer killing

December 4, 2019

BY COURT TV STAFF

UPDATED 12/4/19: A jury found a Florida husband guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Mark Sievers now faces the death penalty for planning the murder of his wife, holistic doctor Teresa Sievers. Prosecutors argued Seivers planned his wife’s murder for life-insurance money and custody of their two daughters. Two other men have already been convicted for carrying out the brutal murder with a hammer.

The penalty phase will begin on Tuesday, December 10 at 8:30 am ET.

 

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FORT MYERS – A Florida man will go to trial for his wife’s murder nearly one month after the hitman was found guilty of second-degree murder.

 

Mark Sievers is facing the death penalty for the gruesome murder of beloved holistic doctor Teresa Sievers. 46-year-old Teresa Sievers was bludgeoned to death at her Bonita Springs home on June 28, 2015, after returning home alone from a  family trip to Connecticut. Her body, which sustained seventeen blunt force trauma blows, was found the next day.

Investigators had no suspects until they received a tip via phone call on July 9, 2015. That tip led to the arrests of Jimmy Ray Rodgers and a longtime friend of Teresa’s husband, Curtis Wright. Despite a cloud of suspicion, Teresa’s husband lived as a free man until February 26, 2016.

Prosecutors say Mark Sievers planned his wife’s murder with the help of Wright, who allegedly traveled to Missouri to hire Rodgers as a hitman and brought him back to Southwest Florida. Although Rodgers was convicted of second-degree murder in Oct. 2019, Mark and Wright are accused of orchestrating the attack. Wright, who took a 25-year plea deal, testified against Rodgers.

TIMELINE:

2015

  • April 30: Mark and Wright allegedly begin to plot Teresa’s death.
  • June 28-29: Teresa’s body found in her Bonita Springs home.
  • July 9: Investigators receive a tip about Teresa’s killers.
  • August 25: Jimmy Ray Rodgers arrested.
  • August 27: Curtis Wright arrested.

2016

  • February 25-26: Wright accepts a plea deal. Mark arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

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  • May 4: Grand jury indicts Rodgers and Mark.
  • May 5: While in custody, Mark is served with a warrant for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
  • June 22: Prosecutors file notice of intent to seek the death penalty against Rodgers and Mark.

2017

  • June 28: Exactly two years after her death, the estate of Teresa Sievers files a civil lawsuit against Mark for causing her death resulting in the loss of support and mental pain and suffering of her heirs.

2018

  • The Sievers’ home goes into foreclosure and is sold in January 2019, for $271,000.

2019

  • August 19: Judge Bruce Kyle grants Defense motion to have Rodgers and Mark tried separately.
  • October 1: Trial of Florida v. Jimmy Rodgers begins.
  • October 23: A jury finds Jimmy Rodgers guilty of second-degree murder and trespass. Rodgers is found not guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy. He faces life in prison.
  • November 12: Jury selection in the trial of FL v. Mark Sievers begins.
  • November 20: Opening statements
  • December 2: Prosecution rests.

 

This story has been updated.

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