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Jimmy Rodgers trial Day 6: Jury selection comes to a close

Posted at 6:48 AM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 06:27:19-04

UPDATE (6:27 PM) -- Opening statements will begin Thursday.

UPDATE (5:58 PM) -- Jury duty is complete. The judge is starting the process of swearing in.

UPDATE (2:45 PM) -- Questions to potential jurors Tuesday reveal that Curtis Wright will testify in the murder trail against his accused accomplice, Jimmy Rodgers.

Wright has already taken a plea deal to cooperate the case in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence. Prosecuters say Mark Sievers hired Wright and Rodgers to kill Teresa Sievers in their home.

As the pool of 43 potential jurors were being questioned during phase 3 of the selection process on Tuesday, very specific questions were being asked of them.

One of the questions was "In this case, a witness will testify who participated in the crime. (Curtis Wright) Is there someone who says I simply cannot listen to someone who has entered a plea deal testify?"

They also asked "There will be photos of the crime scene. Some do have blood, and you might see the murder victim in those photos. Is there anyone who says they cannot look at them?But while others grew into careers in law enforcement, Guercio's disabilities left him on the outside looking in"



-- The 7 remaining potential jurors from 2nd phase have been sent home and asked to return at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, unless they get a phone call to NOT return. The Judge says this is to try and expedite the process.

UPDATE (12:30 PM) -- Phase three of juror questioning is almost set to begin.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- More than a dozen people will be in a Lee County courtroom Tuesday for the next phase of jury selection for the Jimmy Rodgers trial.

Rodgers and Mark Sievers are waiting to go on trial for the murder of Sievers' wife, Teresa.

In addition to the 13 potential jurors that lawyers will question on Tuesday, nearly 40 others will also be ready to go into phase three of selection process.

And we're learning a little more about the people who will decide their fate. What the potential jurors do for a living is having an impact on whether they can serve on the jury.

For example, this is how things broke down among the latest batch of potential jurors on Monday: A teacher who might not be able to take off several weeks for the trial was excused.

But other folks were kept in the jury pool for now, including business owners, two people who are retired, a store clerk and a sports specialist.

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