Texts detail fractured relationship in Sievers murder case
FORT MYERS, Fla. “Good morning baby! I love you :)”
Bonita Springs resident Mark Sievers sent that text message to his wife, Teresa, the morning of June 28, 2015 — the same day she was killed in a brutal murder he’s accused of orchestrating.
The message is one of scores listed on hundreds of pages of court documents released Thursday as the court slowly moves toward a trial for Sievers, who could face the death penalty if convicted on the first-degree murder charge against him.
Many of the texts hint at problems in their relationship during the months leading up to the murder.
He told her weeks before her death that she needed to get in touch with herself, prompting her to reply that he needed to “get in touch with reality.”
She texted him 20 days before the murder that his “helicoptering” was making her crazy.
Sievers is accused of carefully planning the homicide, even taking out five life insurance policies worth a combined total of more than $4 million on his wife.
He’s in jail without bond, awaiting trial. Curtis Wayne Wright, also accused of taking part in the killing, accepted a plea deal. He’s expected to testify against Sievers and co-defendant Jimmie Rodgers, who also faces a first-degree murder charge.