A lot has happened in the four years since Dr. Teresa Sievers was murdered. Most of it was torturous anticipation for her family and friends as the case came together.
We looked at everything that led to a jury finding Mark Sievers guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday in his vicious killing of his wife, Teresa.
June 29, 2015, is a day that changed a quiet Bonita Springs community forever. Dr. Teresa Sievers was found brutally murdered in her family’s home.
Police surround the home for days collecting evidence. But, for weeks, people had no answers about what happened.
Was there a killer on the loose? Should they be worried? Their questions fell on deaf ears.
And, as their fears swelled, their speculation grew that Mark had something to do with his wife’s murder.
While all this was going on in Bonita, unknown to the public, Lee County Sheriff’s Office went to Missouri in July where Curtis Wayne Wright, Mark’s former best friend, and Jimmy Rodgers both live, both eventual accused killers. Then, Wright would take a plea deal, and Rodgers was found guilty of second-degree murder in her killing.
A month and a half later, deputies arrested both of them and extradited them to Southwest Florida.
As prosecutors and investigators built their case, they released hundreds and hundreds of pages of discovery that implicated Mark.
Still, family and friends had to wait for an arrest.
Fast forward to February 2016, we were in the courtroom when Wright flipped on his best friend and took a plea deal to testify against Mark.
Just minutes later deputies arrested him at his home, where his wife was found murdered
Now, with a guilty verdict brought against Mark, he waits to hear if he will be served a death penalty sentence. the next phase is scheduled in court Tuesday. Rodgers is also scheduled for his own sentencing hearing next week after it was originally scheduled for November but then pushed back. Wright is set to be sentenced in February; his plea deal calls for a 25-year prison sentence.
REMEMBERING DR. TERESA SIEVERS
Dr. Teresa Sievers was used to commanding attention. Friends say she always dressed to perfection, always in heels. Her middle name was Grace, and it was a name that could describe the way her personality flowed.
Her patients were extremely fond of her.
“She was a tiny and just as cute as a bug’s ear,” former patient Marian Ziegler-McAfee said.
Standing at 4-feet,11-inches tall, Teresa made a big impact on those who were fortunate to know her personally and in her profession.
“A dynamo, a dynamo in a tiny package,” Ziegler-McAfee said.
Watch the video above for the full story by WINK News Anchor Amanda Hall for background on who Dr. Teresa Sievers was and how she lived her life.