Sievers case will continue as previously scheduled, for now

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Mark Sievers and the late Dr. Teresa Sievers

Attorneys for two suspects accused of being involved in the killing of Teresa Sievers appeared before a judge Wednesday after the state and defense requested a delay in the trial start date.

The request was to delay an already scheduled June 3 trial to September, but Judge Bruce Kyle did not approve the motion for continuance yet, and instead set a pretrial conference for May 9 at 8:30 a.m. to reassess.

The judge said he wants to see what they can get done by then.

The state’s request for a continuance came after prosecutors received a trace evidence analysis report from the FBI on February 25. Attorneys say the report will require further investigation by the State as to the matters contained in the report and the State may not be ready for trial.

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Mark Sievers, Teresa’s husband, is accused of orchestrating the death with long-time friend Curtis Wayne Wright Jr.

Wright pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and in a plea deal is expected to help prosecutors in the case.

Jimmy Rodgers faces first-degree murder for killing Sievers with a hammer at her Bonita Springs home in 2015.

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If convicted Sievers and Rodgers could face the death penalty.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated a judge ruled on the motion for continuance. The status of that motion will be addressed on May 9.

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