Attorney for Sievers murder suspect files motion for release

Published: November 13, 2015 5:09 PM EST
Updated: January 19, 2016 1:52 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- One of the men accused of murdering Bonita Springs Dr. Teresa Sievers is asking to be released from jail.

On Friday, attorneys for Curtis “Wayne” Wright, filed a motion demanding Wright be let go.

Wright was booked into the Lee County Jail on Oct. 14. According to Florida law, the state has 30 days to file charges after an arrest has been made. The state has yet to file charges against Wright.

According to his arrest warrant, Wright, who is a childhood friend of Sievers’ husband, Mark Sievers, bludgeoned the doctor to death.

The state has filed for an extension. If approved, they will have until Nov. 23 to file formal charges. If they do not, Wright must be released from jail.

Besides his arrest warrant, Wright’s attorney Stuart Kaplan says he has not seen one piece of evidence the State Attorney’s Office has against Wright. He says his office typically does their own investigation into a crime, and right now they are stuck in limbo.

Local defense attorney Christopher Cosden, who’s not connected to the case, tells WINK News the fact the state has yet to file charges could be a sign their case is in jeopardy.

“It could be that the information upon which (Wright) was arrested is questionable, or could be very weak,” said Cosden.

A judge will decide Monday whether to grant the state the ten day extension.