Produced by Lisa Freed, Marcelena Spencer and Michelle Feuer
The intolerable murder of Dr. Teresa Sievers in Bonita Springs, Florida, was a outrageous story — generally for contributor Jessica Lipscomb, who covered crime for the Naples Daily News.
“This mom of two who was killed brutally inside her home was offensive to people,” Lipscomb told “48 Hours” match Erin Moriarty.”I consider any time there is a beautiful, successful lady who is murdered, that’s arrange of what multitude pays courtesy to — for better or for worse.”
The 46-year-old alloy had cut brief a family vacation in upstate New York and flown home alone on Sunday night, Jun 28, 2015, so she could see patients the next morning.
“She … comes back to here to the Southwest Florida International Airport,” Lipscomb explained. “…there’s confidence footage of her rolling her container by the terminal.”
“She calls Mark, tells him she’s … safe. And then,” Lipscomb said,” gets in her automobile and heads back to their house.
Investigators trust that as shortly as Dr. Sievers walked into her kitchen, she was killed – struck regularly with a hammer.
“You kind of put yourself in her shoes,” Lipscomb continued, “rolling your container by the door, and then to be pounded by someone from behind is — it’s tough to imagine.”
Amy Bennett Williams, wrote about the Sievers murder for The News-Press.
“I sojourn dismayed by since it had to be finished with such savagery,” she told Moriarty of the alloy being struck with a produce 17 times.
“It’s passionate, it’s premeditated, it’s — it’s — it’s cold,” pronounced Lipscomb.
“And angry,” Moriarty noted.
“Very angry,” Williams agreed.
When Connie Reiss listened the comfortless news, she contacted her stepbrother, Mark Sievers, the doctor’s husband.
“It was just — so unbelievable,” Reiss told Moriarty.
Asked how Mark reacted to the death of his wife, Reiss said, “He couldn’t speak. …he’s not the kinda male that’s been overly romantic on the outside. But, you know — he couldn’t speak.”
Reiss and Mark became family when her mom married his father.
“I asked him, ‘What happened to Teresa?'” pronounced Reiss.
“And what did he say?” Moriarty asked.
“‘No idea,'” she replied.
Mark met his future wife in 2003, when he was visiting St. Petersburg, Fla.
“Was it flattering much adore at first sight?” Moriarty asked Reiss.
“Well, we consider by the time that he introduced her to Mom … we consider he was flattering much done,” she replied with a laugh. “He was off the marketplace officially.”
He was operative as a nurse, while she was a recently-divorced physician.
“Teresa hung the moon,” Reiss removed fondly. “She was … a conspicuous human being and very special. And that’s the way Mark treated it from the beginning. You could just — you could hear it in his voice.”
They were married on the beach surrounded by friends and family, including Mark’s stepmother, Jennie Weckelman.
“…a nightfall wedding. And she had a pleasing gown,” she said. “It was very nice.”
Asked if Mark was happy on that day, Weckleman said, “Yes, very happy.”
Six months later, their daughter, Josephine, was born. The Sievers built a vast residence in Bonita Springs, and, in 2007, welcomed another daughter, Carmela.
“How did Mark feel about being a dad?” Moriarty asked Reiss.
“Oh, it was all to him. It was — yeah, they were his reason for being,” she replied. “But … he was also all about Teresa and her mission.”
That goal was to open a holistic use where she could reanimate patients by consistent normal and choice medicine. She also widespread her summary in speeches and video.
“We would have patients from all over the world,” pronounced Sandra Hoskins, Dr. Sievers’ longtime medical assistant. “And they would come to us after they unsuccessful all else.”
Talking about the alloy still creates Hoskins emotional.
“As a patient, she wouldn’t concede you say, ‘I’m never gonna get better,'” Hoskins pronounced in tears.
While patients desired the doctor, Hoskins, and her husband, Frank Pais — who also worked at the use — acknowledge it wasn’t always easy operative for Sievers. She had a brief fuse.
“I would hear doctors screamin’ and yellin’ in the back office,” pronounced Pais.
“Dr. Sievers would scream at the patients?” Moriarty asked.
“She was there to help you get better,” Pais explained. “Didn’t have what they called the bedside manner.
“Would she scream at you?” Moriarty asked Hoskins.
“Yes,” she replied.
“And she approaching — perfection. And if it wasn’t perfect, she would get upset,” pronounced Pais.
“She was — a big presence. And infrequently that meant that she got really feisty with people,” Lipscomb explained. “She was the — the biggest figure in the room.”
While Teresa took caring of her patients, Mark took caring of their daughters.
“The girls were his honour and joy,” pronounced Pais.
Mark also managed his wife’s office.
“I’ve also listened it described that he allowed her to have her life. He finished her life happen,” Moriarty conspicuous to Williams.
“Very much so. Yes. He — since he was the support system,” she replied. “…you know, saw to the day-to-day sum so that she could do what she wanted to do.”
But even Mark couldn’t shun his wife’s wrath.
“Mark! Get back here right now. Get in here,'” Pais said, mimicking the doctor.
“‘Mark, get out and leave Sandra alone.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, great,'” pronounced Hoskins.
“How mostly would Dr. Sievers scream at her husband? Was it a flattering revisit thing?” Moriarty asked the couple.
“Every time,” Hoskins said. “Unfortunately that was the norm.”
“It’s almost like he had, like, a thick skin. He just didn’t care,” pronounced Pais.
It’s the same thing Teresa’s close sister, Annie Lisa, told investigators — that Mark put up with his wife’s anger since he precious her”:
Annie Lisa to detective: She could finish ripping him out, like “Mark, we told you a hundred f—— times, don’t let the dogs out.” “I’m sorry, honey,” he would be like. And then she would be doing something, he’d go, “Sweetie, let me get that for you.” …Mark worshipped the belligerent Teresa walked on.
And according to Lisa, her sister was equally clinging to Mark:
Annie Lisa to detective: Teresa always said, “I’ll never leave Mark. we won’t ever do that to my girls.”
Nevertheless, within days, Mark Sievers became a person of interest.
“Was that just since whenever someone is killed the first person you demeanour at is the spouse?” Moriarty asked Williams.
“I consider it’s turn a cliché. It has to be the husband,” she replied.
“Did he concur initially?” Moriarty asked Weckelman and Reiss.
“Oh, yes,” pronounced Weckelman.
“I consider he suspicion he was doing the right thing,” pronounced Reiss.
Mark spoke to investigators but a counsel benefaction and even handed over his dungeon phone and allowed them to download the contents.
“Was he worried he competence be arrested?” Moriarty asked Weckelman.
“He suspicion … ‘Why would they? …what kinda justification could they presumably have, ’cause we didn’t do anything?'” she replied.
In fact, Mark Sievers had an indisputable alibi. Remember, at the time of Teresa’s murder, he and their two girls were with Teresa’s family – 1,300 miles away.
WHO WANTED THE DOCTOR DEAD?
Eight days after Dr. Teresa Sievers was murdered, friends and family came together for her funeral.
“There were a lotta people, yes, and it was sad, of course,” pronounced Mark’s stepmother, Jennie Weckelman.
“Almost all her patients were there. we was numb,” pronounced Sandra Hoskins.
“As we were going down to try to get to the casket, we were seeing her sisters on one side. And the demeanour that we were getting wasn’t a demeanour of sadness. It was a demeanour of hatred,” pronounced Frank Pais.
Pais and his wife, Sandra Hoskins, contend the demeanour didn’t just come from Dr. Sievers’ sisters. They were getting the same demeanour from the lamentation widower.
“I hugged him. What do you say? we said, ‘Mark, we am so sorry, we don’t have difference to contend to you’ and he squeezed me so parsimonious and zero came out of his mouth,” Pais said. “Then Sandra hugged him and when Mark hugged Sandra, his teeth gritted. And it wasn’t zero of grief or sadness. The demeanour was hatred. … we stepped back. we said, ‘Holy crap.'”
“Her ex-husband — her first husband, Kenny Cousins, was there,” Williams explained. “…and he went to cuddle Mark and bumped into a gun that Mark had strapped to his waist. And he suspicion that was a differing note on that day that Mark came to the wake with a gun under his jacket.”
Strange? Well, perhaps, but Dr. Teresa Sievers’ torpedo hadn’t nonetheless been arrested and, according to stepsister Connie Reiss, Mark was on edge.
“He was very much in protecting mode,” Reiss explained. “I think, you know, he always keeps an eye and an ear to the ground, so to speak, and is wakeful of his vicinity and you know he — he was endangered for their safety.”
“I consider it was in the back of his mind that … there competence be some dangers to his daughters since of what happened to their mother,” pronounced Weckelman.
It just didn’t make any sense. Who would wish the colourful and dedicated Dr. Teresa Sievers dead? And since kill her with such anger and force?
“Could’ve been anybody,” Weckelman reasoned, “and we really suspicion maybe it was just somebody that was in the area and pennyless in or something.”
There were signs of a forced entrance — examine marks on a side doorway — but Mark’s endless gun collection and $40,000 in cash detected inside the Sievers’ home hadn’t been touched.
“So when this happened, everybody wanted to know what happened with the alarm. And, as it turns out, it hadn’t been activated,” Lipscomb explained.
While the family was on vacation, Mark had asked his mother, Bonnie Sievers, to feed the family pets. She had difficulty environment the alarm that Sunday and told detectives her son pronounced not to worry about it. Monday morning, Dr. Sievers was detected passed on her kitchen floor.
Bonnie Sievers [crying] So we really feel it’s my fault.
Detective: You can’t, you can't censure yourself.
Around the time of Dr. Sievers’ murder, the internet was buzzing with reports about the questionable deaths of other choice doctors in the U.S.
“For a while right after she was killed, the blogosphere arrange of erupted with, ‘Oh my goodness, there was a alloy here who was killed and a chiropractor here who was killed. And is this some swindling by big pharma to eliminate doctors who were severe the curative establishment?'” pronounced Williams.
But with no genuine justification to back up that theory, investigators incited their courtesy to the people who competence have had an mattock to grub with the energetic, mostly abrasive, Dr. Sievers.
“I consider the speculation that we listened was — was that maybe it was a patient. Obviously they were interviewing all of her friends and family members,” Lipscomb explained. “So it was flattering much like a far-reaching open margin of suspects at that point.”
A startling name emerged. In her police interview, Dr. Sievers’ sister, Annie Lisa, pronounced she listened Sandra Hoskins was a discontented employee—that’s the same lady who seemed so dissapoint by the doctor’s death.
Annie Lisa to detective: we also listened her contend over the years, that you know, Sandra was bad mouthing Teresa.
Annie Lisa to detective: You may not like your boss, but you don’t bad mouth them to patients that are coming in the doors. Like, “Dr. Sievers, you know, she’s a — she’s a bitch.”
“I’m like, ‘Oh my God, they consider we did it,’ pronounced Hoskins.
Hoskins, who claims she had been treated cruelly by Dr. Sievers in the past, had designed to palm in her abdication that very Monday the alloy was found dead. According to Hoskins, the alloy told her she was bringing bad appetite to the office.
“Now we know since we wasn’t perceived very good at her memorial,” she said.
“Why would anyone consider that you did this?” Moriarty asked.
“That is intolerable to me,” Hoskins replied. “A lotta the patients did know the way she treated me.”
“And so people thought, maybe you had just had enough?” Moriarty asked.
“Yeah,” pronounced Hoskins.
And when a investigator called her husband Frank, Pais said, “He greeted me. He took me to this little room and he left me there.”
Detective: I’ll be right back, is that all right?
“And we sat in the room, five, 10 minutes, maybe 15 minutes,” Pais continued.
Suddenly, he satisfied all eyes were on him.
“Then all of remarkable it dawned on me, I’m being watched. we saw a piece of dirt on the building and we started counting Mississippi. One Mississippi, two. we got to 120ish and then the investigator walked in,” Pais told Moriarty. “And he asked me indicate blank, ‘Did you have a passionate attribute with Doctor outward the office?'”
Detective: Never had a attribute with her outward of work or anything like that?
Frank Pais: No
Detective: Dr. Sievers ever come on to you?
“Then he goes, ‘Did you have a passionate propinquity with Doctor inside the office?’ we said, ‘absolutely not,'” pronounced Pais.
Police were questionable since Frank had been “let go” from his pursuit at Dr. Sievers’ use by her husband, Mark, 9 months before she was murdered.
“Why did they consider you could have killed Teresa Sievers?” Moriarty asked.
“Don’t know,” Pais replied.
“Were you worried about Frank?” Moriarty asked Hoskins.
“I wasn’t worried about him, ’cause we know he didn’t do it,” she replied.
And, Pais says he had an alibi.
Then, in late Aug 2015, scarcely two months after Dr. Teresa Sievers was murdered in her Florida home, a overwhelming mangle in the case. Police finished arrests and the suspects were not from Florida.
“So we showed up to a press conference, we believe, that August. And the policeman gets up there and tells us simply the name of the first suspect, Jimmy Rodgers … and he says he’s from Missouri and he’s been booked for the murder of Teresa Sievers,” pronounced Lipscomb.
“Never listened of him,” Weckelman said. “I thought, ‘Oh well, who is he and what’s he got to do with this?'”
“…and then about an hour later, he calls us in again and says, ‘we’ve now picked up a second consider … also from Missouri,” Lipscomb said. “It was so shocking.”
To solve this murder, investigators would transport some-more than 1,000 miles. They were in for a furious float and would shortly learn this case had as many twists and turns as the Missouri River.
THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS
WINK-TV report: Teresa Sievers was bludgeoned to death with a produce … Neighbors are still watchful for answers.
The two arrests for Teresa Sievers’ murder, finished 1,100 miles divided in Missouri, seemed to come out of the blue.
“Why?” Weckelman pronounced with a laugh. “You know … ‘What’s going on? ‘ …Just seemed like such a disconnect.”
No one had ever listened of the consider Jimmy Ray Rodgers, but it was the mop shot of the other consider — Wayne Wright — that struck everyone. He had an supernatural likeness to the victim’s husband, Mark Sievers.
“All we can contend is that their earthy likeness was the theme of copiousness of newsroom talk,” contributor Amy Bennett Williams said. “We would show photos of them side by side, and say, you know, is there some blood bond here of which we’re not aware…”
“They demeanour alike, yes,” pronounced Weckelman.
“At slightest in pictures, they demeanour like twins,” Moriarty noted.
“…that’s when we started to believe, you know, really that there is not something right with Curtis Wayne Wright,” pronounced Reiss.
As it turns out, Curtis Wayne Wright, who goes by Wayne, was no foreigner to Mark’s family.
“He was Mark’s very good friend,” pronounced Weckelman.
“…from ages and ages… so we didn’t trust it. we didn’t,” Reiss pronounced jolt her conduct in disbelief.
It just didn’t make sense. Wayne Wright and Mark Sievers had grown up together in Missouri. Wright was at Teresa’s funeral, he had distinguished Mark and Teresa’s matrimony with them, and just two months before the murder, Mark had been Wright’s best man at his wedding. Wright was also, utterly literally, a informed face around the office.
“Did you two know Wayne Wright, how did you know him?” Moriarty asked Sandra Hoskins and Frank Pais.
“He was the mechanism male that looked just like Mark,” Hoskins replied.
Wayne Wright would transport from Missouri to Florida to work on the computers in Dr. Sievers’ office.
“How would you report Wayne?” Moriarty asked.
“He was geeky,” Pais replied. “All he wanted to do was get the computers up and using — focused.”
“But, to me he just seemed like a geeky creepster,” pronounced Hoskins.
“Did he make you nervous?” Moriarty asked.
“A little bit,” Hoskins replied. “I can’t explain it. It’s just a woman’s intuition.”
“How would you report Mark and Wayne’s relationship? They seem to be close friends?”
“Yeah,” pronounced Hoskins.
“He’s always said, ‘he’s my hermit from another mother,'” pronounced Pais.
“Yeah, that was his lingo,” pronounced Hoskins.
Back in Hillsboro, Missouri, Greg Bolin knew both Mark Sievers and Wayne Wright. He first met Wright in the third grade.
Bolin remembers his high school classmate, Wright, as a tech whiz, the child voted many dependable, and as a fun male to hang around with.
“He actually ran for and became the category president,” pronounced Bolin.
“Smart?” Moriarty asked.
“Very smart,” Bolin replied. “Quite overtly he was one of the smartest people with computers that we ever met.”
But it wasn’t prolonged before Bolin suspected Wayne Wright had a dim side. In 1996, Bolin’s brother, Ronnie Bolin, a preacher, mysteriously disappeared. His physique has never been found. And according to police, Ronnie was last seen with Wright.
“Do you trust Wayne Wright killed your brother?” Moriarty asked Greg Bolin.
“Yes, we do,” he replied.
“You have no doubt about that?”
“I have no doubt in my mind….
Greg Bolin believes the ground was income that Wright due Ronnie.
“…they found his automobile with the automobile keys still in ignition in a automobile rinse in St. Louis,” contributor Jessica Lipscomb pronounced of Ronnie Bolin.
Wright has never been charged in Ronnie Bolin’s disappearance, but he is listed in a police report as a person of interest. And Wright’s no foreigner to the rapist probity system. In 2011 he was portion time for drug possession when he befriended the other consider in Dr. Sievers’ murder: a immature invalid named Jimmy Ray Rodgers who was doing time on a weapons charge.
Jimmy Rodgers was expelled from jail. Tyler Juliette and Jeff Conway hired him to work at a constrictive company.
“You could just tell he indispensable a job. He wanted a job, you know?” pronounced Juliette.
“He favourite to tell a lot of stories. A lot of things he told at the time, nobody really believed Jimmy,” Conway explained. “He favourite to gloat a little bit about things he had finished in the past.”
A colorful, rapist past. Conway says Rodgers would gloat about criminal jobs trimming from stolen sell to tawdry money.
“I never felt Jimmy was a dangerous guy. we just felt like he was a blowhard honestly, you know. we really felt like he was just a talker,” pronounced Juliette.
Conway recalls that he had asked Jimmy Rodgers to work on Monday, Jun 29. But Rodgers texted him back and pronounced he wasn’t available.
“All it pronounced was, “I can’t do that. I’m still in Florida,” pronounced Conway.
It was on Jun 29, that Dr. Teresa Sievers was detected bludgeoned to death with a produce inside her Florida home and it didn’t go neglected to investigators that Jimmy Ray Rodgers had a singular nickname.
“Supposedly Jimmy Rodgers’ nickname was ‘The Hammer.’ But we consider that was some-more like a self-given nickname. If you speak to some of his friends from high school they contend ‘Nobody really called him that,’ but we consider maybe going to jail for the first time, you know … trying to make a name for himself … maybe that’s something he arrange of reserved himself to fit in,” pronounced Lipscomb.
Why was Jimmy “The Hammer” Rodgers in Florida that fatal weekend? Was Wayne Wright with him? And what led authorities to trust they were both concerned in a doctor’s murder?
THE ROAD TRIP
Back in Jun 2015, most everybody in Hillsboro, Missouri, knew that Wayne Wright was formulation a weekend outing out of town.
“He let it outing to lots of people that he was going down to Florida,” Jessica Lipscomb told Moriarty. “Told some people he was even going to revisit the Sievers.”
Word was out and it wasn’t prolonged before police got a tip that Wright had been in Florida at the time of Dr. Sievers’ murder. And he hadn’t left there alone. He went with his jailhouse pal, Jimmy “The Hammer” Rodgers.
“He had actually told me a couple of weeks before that that he competence be going to Florida,” pronounced Rodgers’ boss, Jeff Conway. “He told me a story that his hermit who had lived in California at the time had graduated from law school and that he had invited Jimmy down to Florida for the weekend all losses paid.
But he told his profound girlfriend, Taylor Shomaker, another story. He was going out of city for a few days to work with Wayne Wright.
“…he had told her he was going … to make some money,” pronounced Lipscomb.
Detectives from Florida arrived in Hillsboro, Mo., weeks after Rodgers and Wright returned from their trip. They confronted Wright about that tip fixation him in Florida. He close them down. But a GPS unprotected a lot of what they indispensable to know.
On the morning of Jun 27, 2015, Wright got into his let automobile in Hillsboro and then went to collect up Jimmy Ray Rodgers. At some point, an residence was put into the GPS and then the two men took off for their 1,100 mile float to Bonita Springs, Florida.
After pushing all day and all night, on Sunday, Jun 28, Wright and Rodgers arrived at the Sievers home –the Bonita Springs residence automatic into the GPS. It’s a digital footprint for investigators.
When Rodgers and Wright arrived around 6 a.m., authorities trust they incited off the residence alarm. That may explain since Mark’s mother, Bonnie Sievers, was so confused about the alarm system:
Bonnie Sievers: we was not there at 6:09 in the morning.
Cop: It was incited off at 6:09.
Bonnie Sievers: Oh, my god. You meant someone was in there?
Cop: That’s what we’re trying to work out.
Bonnie Sievers: Oh, my God.
Then, according to the GPS, Rodgers and Wright left the Sievers’ home and typed in another residence — for a Walmart — to do some shopping.
… apparently looking at that confidence footage from the Walmart they’re means to flattering fast establish who was with Wayne,” Lipscomb pronounced of the video.
“They … finished no bid to cover their faces? Disguise themselves,” Moriarty asked.
“No,” Lipscomb said. “”They just waltzed by like they were anyone else.”
They bought, among other things, rabble bags, flushable soppy wipes, black towels, black shoes, and a lock-picking kit. They paid cash for their squeeze with a one hundred dollar bill.
After selling at Walmart, Rodgers and Wright continued using the navigation complement — even to find the beach.
“Does it make any clarity that this male who was so good with computers would have left such a trail?” Moriarty asked Greg Bolin.
“It does but it doesn’t,” he replied.
Bolin, who resolutely believes Wayne Wright killed his brother, knows Wayne’s universe is distant from predictable.
“To a lot of people looking at it, it kind of creates it demeanour like, you know, these guys were just reticent and dumber,” pronounced Bolin.
After shower in some object at the beach, according to police affidavits, Wright and Rodgers returned to the Sievers home where they hung out for hours in the garage, fibbing in wait for an gullible Dr. Sievers to arrive.
“Which one do investigators trust did the killing?” Moriarty asked Williams.
“There was a story or two in which Wayne pronounced he started and Jimmy finished,” she replied.
Less than an hour later, in the early morning hours of Monday, Jun 29, the GPS shows Rodgers and Wright on the highway headed northbound for the 17-hour drive back to Missouri. The electronic route would eventually lead detectives to Jimmy Ray Rodgers’ door. But just like Wright, he denied being involved. And when they pulled in Rodgers’ girlfriend, Taylor Shomaker, what a story she had to tell.
Jimmy Ray Rodgers took his girlfriend, Taylor for a ride, along Route 47 in farming Missouri. And along the way, he asked her to chuck out tools of his phone which he had crushed earlier, some gloves and a jumpsuit.
Taylor Shomaker: …he said, “throw this into the river” and it took me a notation to click in…
Taylor Shomaker: And then we threw the gloves out and then waited a notation and then we threw out the jumpsuit…
Detective: Did you ask since or you just did it?
Taylor Shomaker: No, we just did it. we was scared.
Taylor told police that’s when she pushed Jimmy to tell her accurately what happened in Florida.
“…and he ends up revelation her that you know, he went with Wayne and they killed Mark, Mark Sievers’ wife,” pronounced Lipscomb.
Taylor Shomaker: And he told me about using a produce on her.
Detective: OK. And he pronounced that he killed Teresa Sievers, Mark’s wife —
Taylor Shomaker: Yeah.
Detective: — with a hammer?
Taylor Shomaker: Yes.
Now Florida detectives knew who killed Teresa Sievers. but they were blank a essential piece of the puzzle. Why would Wayne Wright wish to kill his best friend’s wife?
“Did everybody then say, ‘Oh, my gosh, Mark had to be involved,” Moriarty asked Lipscomb.
“Definitely, we meant … there was really no — no putting Wayne in Florida in Bonita Springs inside their residence but Mark meaningful about it,” she replied.
Or was there?
“When you listened that Teresa had been murdered, did it start to possibly one of you that Mark competence be involved?” Erin Moriarty asked his stepsister and stepmother.
“No,” they replied in unison.
“Not even a suspicion in the back of your mind?” Moriarty asked.
“No,” pronounced Connie Reiss.
“No. Absolutely not,” pronounced Jennie Weckelman.
Mark Sievers’ family can’t accept what just about everybody else had prolonged suspected.
“There were a lot of things that finished Mark Sievers seem consider to people,” Jessica Lipscomb explained. “He wasn’t articulate with investigators anymore. He wouldn’t give media interviews. There were rumors that he had lawyered up.”
“But didn’t Mark Sievers have an indisputable alibi?” Moriarty asked.
“Right… even with the pretext of being … with his two daughters … people just … couldn’t find … what a probable ground could be for anyone else to be meddlesome in killing this woman,” Lipscomb replied.
As reporters Amy Bennett Williams and Jessica Lipscomb discovered, the Sievers’ open life was very opposite from their private life.
“I listened rumors very early on that they were swingers,” pronounced Lipscomb.
And when investigators downloaded Mark’s dungeon phone, they found content messages, emails, photos and videos divulgence carnal sum about the Sievers and their “open” marriage.
It was a warn to Frank Pais.
“They had a opposite matrimony than we thought. They had a opposite lifestyle. What they did behind sealed doors, no one knew about,” Pais said. “They both were having attribute with other people.
The Sievers may have looked rich with their big residence and successful medical practice, but they had critical income problems.
“There’s a poignant IRS garnishment on the home. Mark … pronounced that they mostly lived paycheck to paycheck,” Williams told Moriarty. “I consider that there was infrequently almost panic about money.”
When investigators unclosed 5 life insurance policies for Teresa — totaling some-more than $4 million — it was a red flag.
So was that outing Mark Sievers finished to Missouri to be Wayne Wright’s best man, and, as it turns out, the other suspect, Jimmy Ray Rodgers was also a matrimony guest. Investigators wondered if that’s where Mark hatched a devise with the two men.
Taylor Shomaker, Rodgers’ girlfriend, claimed this was a murder for sinecure and that Rodgers was ostensible to be paid $10,000.
Detective: He pronounced that Mark hired Wayne –
Taylor Shomaker: Yes, and Wayne hired him. Mark didn’t know anything about Jimmy being hired.
Detective: And how – where was the income ostensible to come from?
Taylor Shomaker: Insurance from her death.
Detective: OK. And did he ever get paid?
Taylor Shomaker: No.
And yet, Mark was not arrested. After conducting dozens of interviews, examining thousands of documents, and impediment Wayne Wright and Jimmy Ray Rodgers — detectives still didn’t have the explanation they indispensable to bond Mark to his wife Teresa’s murder.
And then, almost eight months after Teresa Sievers was killed, Wright – confronting a probable death judgment – unexpected incited on his “brother from another mother” and took a deal.
“Self-preservation is … a absolute thing,” Lipscomb commented.
Wright certified killing Teresa.
Judge: Mr. Wright, since are you pleading guilty currently to second-degree murder?
Wayne Wright: I’m pleading guilty since of my role in the formulation and participating of the murder of Teresa Sievers.
And he accused Mark of being the mastermind. That’s all police needed.
Mark Sievers was charged with the murder of his wife.
“It is transparent to me that he had zero to do with this murder,” Mark’s attorney, Antonio Faga, said. “At the finish of the day, when Wayne was faced with the death penalty, he pronounced … ‘I’ve gotta engage somebody else.’ And that somebody else had to be Mark.”
“And nonetheless he’s charged with first-degree murder and faces the death penalty,” Moriarty forked out.
“Based on the testimony of Wayne Wright,” pronounced Faga.
And Mark’s family believes Wright killed Teresa on his own, but Mark’s knowledge.
“Why would Wayne kill Teresa?” Moriarty asked Connie Reiss.
“Because he’s a sick man,” Mark’s stepsister replied.
“Do you consider Wayne was sceptical of Mark?”
“I consider it’s possible,” Reiss replied. “Whether he’s sceptical of Mark or wanted to be Mark we don’t have any clue,” They contend it was Wayne Wright who began to indication himself after Mark Sievers — even shred his conduct when Mark began to bald.
“They didn’t demeanour comparison when they were young,” Missouri crony Greg Bolin explained. “They morphed into any other over the years … if it was by possibility or you know, by their plan, we don’t know.”
But if Wayne Wright killed Teresa Sievers on his own, how would he have famous she was coming home alone that Sunday evening?
“Is it probable at all that Wayne Wright in Missouri could have famous what Teresa was up to, her schedule?” Moriarty asked Hoskins and Pais.
“Absolutely,” they replied.
“He didn’t need to speak with Mark. He could have found that out on his own,” Moriarty noted.
“Yes,” Hoskins affirmed.
It turns out Wayne Wright may have been eavesdropping on the Sievers for years. He set up their bureau mechanism complement and would troubleshoot, according to Hoskins and Frank Pais. They contend the Sievers allowed Wright to entrance all from his home in Missouri.
“He can climb on the mechanism any time he wanted … and do whatever he wanted,” pronounced Hoskins.
“He saw all that was going on in the office,” pronounced Pais.
“Is it probable that Wayne knew some-more about what Teresa was doing than her own husband knew?” Moriarty asked the couple.
“Possible,” Pais replied.
Connie Reiss can’t suppose Mark could have had anything to do with the death of his wife.
“I adore my brother,” Reiss told Moriarty. “I know that terrible things do start and people do things to people that they love. And we try to be big about that but … He’s not a sociopath … He wouldn’t do this to his children. Just not possible.”
Did Mark Sievers wish his wife passed since of jealousy or money? Or was he tricked by his best friend?
In their jail uniforms, it looks like a counterpart image. Mark Sievers accused of formulation his wife’s brutal murder; Wayne Wright the certified killer.
“That is an startling photo,” Williams pronounced of seeing the men graphic side by side.
Jimmy “The Hammer” Rodgers and Mark Sievers both have pleaded not guilty and will be tried together.
A jury will have to find the law behind Dr. Teresa Sievers’ murder.
“Dr. Sievers lived dramatically and she died dramatically,” pronounced Williams.
“Nobody really got what they wanted here,” Lipscomb said. “Her husband didn’t get what he wanted. He’s in — in jail, you know, confronting death. …her children lost … both their parents. So it just … seems purposeless … that it happened and it’s just tough to make clarity of.”
Theresa Sievers’ hermit filed a prejudicial death fit against Mark Sievers.
Teresa’s mom is now defender of the Sievers children.
No hearing date has been set.