FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jimmy Rodgers appeared before the court on Thursday for a status hearing.
Rodgers was found guilty last month of second-degree murder in the death of Dr. Teresa Sievers.
Lee Circuit Judge Bruce Kyle said he called the last-minute status hearing due to the way jury selection was going for the Mark Sievers trial.
Judge Kyle asked to move Rodgers's sentencing date from November 18, 2019, to mid-December due to the hardship the court is having with the holidays and some jurors, he added that they needed the extra time.
However, because Teresa Sievers's family already has made arrangements to be present on Monday, November 18, Judge Kyle said they would keep the date as is.
Teresa Sievers's family purchased non-refundable flight tickets.
Rodgers's sentencing date will still be on November 18, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.
Rodgers was found guilty by a jury on October 23rd for his role in an alleged conspiracy to murder Teresa Sievers, a Bonita Springs doctor, in 2015.