Jimmy Rodgers trial: Witness testimony day 2
Jurors at Jimmy Roger’s murder trial on Friday saw the blue jumpsuit prosecutors say he was wearing when he beat Dr. Teresa Sievers to death with a hammer in her Bonita Springs home in 2015.
Jimmy, 29, is the accused hitman who was allegedly hired by Curtis Wayne Wright, a longtime friend of Teresa’s husband, Mark Sievers, 51. For the first time since Teresa’s death, we heard from the man who found the victim.
The jury saw hours of evidence from what investigators call a brutal attack by Jimmy on Teresa, 46. The victim’s dress was bagged and brought into the courtroom.
“She was wearing a black dress, no shoes, and she had jewelry on also,” Gladys Martinez, Lee County Sheriff’s Office crime scene technician in 2015, said on the stand Friday.
Jimmy’s girlfriend led investigators to a blue jumpsuit. It was thrown out on a Missouri highway.
Investigators also described where they found blood at the scene and said it helped them determine how Teresa was killed. But attorneys made an emphasis on the text messages.
“Appears to be clear face of the front of a cellphone,” said Lt. Michael Downs, Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Downs was a detective on the LCSO major crime unit when the 2015 murder happened.
Also at issue was whether text messages from Mark Sievers’ cellphone could be used as evidence.
“This should not be a stalling issue what we’re doing right now,” the judge said.
Now, the judge finally approved those text messages to be used in the case, which we were told would prove to be vital to this case. Detectives made a point to show texts from Jimmy to his boss. Those indicate Jimmy made his way to Florida.
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The hammer that ended her life was one of many pieces of evidence presented to the jury in court Thursday.
Family listened as prosecutors and friends described the gruesome scene.
The crime scene technician who investigated the Sievers home says she could not directly connect Rodgers to the hammer found in the home.
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