Sievers, Rodgers receive no bond on 1st-degree murder charge

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Through a video link from the Lee County jail, Mark Sievers and Jimmy Ray Rodgers faced a judge for the first time on Friday since they were indicted for first-degree murder in the death of Dr. Teresa Sievers.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Facing a judge for the first time since being indicted for first-degree murder, Mark Sievers and Jimmy Ray Rodgers received no bond for their upgraded charges on Friday.

Both men, who were originally charged with second-degree murder, were also indicted for conspiracy to commit murder. Rodgers faces an additional charge of burglary.

Sievers and Rodgers were indicted on the new charges following a grand jury proceeding on Wednesday. Both men are scheduled to be arraigned on their new charges on Monday.

Both men remained in the Lee County jail Friday under no bond.

Dr. Teresa Sievers, Mark’s wife, was found bludgeoned to death inside the kitchen of the couple’s Bonita Springs home in June 2015. Investigators believe Mark Sievers, who pleaded not guilty to his original charges, planned the killing and promised Wayne Wright, his childhood friend, payment for carrying out the plan.

Wright accepted a plea deal and is expected to testify against Rodgers, his close friend, and Mark Sievers.

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