Two Missouri Men Accused of Brutally Murdering Prominent Florida Doctor
Two Missouri men are facing murder charges in connection with the case of a prominent Florida doctor who was found dead in her Bonita Springs home, according to multiple reports.
Curtis Wayne Wright and Jimmy Rodgers are both charged with second-degree murder in the case of 46-year-old Teresa Sievers, a mother of two who was found dead on June 29, according to NBC2.
Rodgers, 25, was arrested on Wednesday for violating probation by leaving Missouri without contacting his probation officer and authorities soon discovered that Rodgers was allegedly seen at a Fort Myers, Florida Walmart just one day before the woman’s body was found, WINK reports.
“Two vicious killers are in custody,” Mike Scott, Lee County, Florida sheriff, said at a news conference on Thursday, according to Naples Daily News.
Rodgers appeared in a St. Louis federal court on Friday where he admitted to the probation violation, according to WINK. But extradition proceedings in the murder case will occur only after he serves his sentence for the violation.
It is unclear whether the men have entered pleas in the case.
Reports have noted that Wright, 47, knew the victim’s husband, Mark Sievers. According to NBC, the woman’s sister said Wright is a childhood friend of Mark’s. Mark and Wright were reportedly listed as family members on Facebook.
NBC reports that while Wright lived in Missouri, he worked remotely as a computer technician for Siever’s “holistic” medical practice in Estero, Florida and sometimes flew to Siever’s office to work.
Scott told WINK that Sievers’s murder was not random and described the arrests of the men, who both remain in custody in Missouri, a “big deal,” according to CBS News.
“This is the most complicated, intricate set of circumstances that most of us have ever seen,” Scott reportedly said.
While authorities initially kept quiet about the details of the murder, sources reportedly told WINK that the woman was beaten to death with a hammer after she returned home early by herself from a family gathering in Connecticut.
Scott said the investigation is “active” and more arrests could occur, according to NBC.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.
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