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Jury deliberation resuming Wednesday in Jimmy Rodgers murder trial

Posted at 6:49 AM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 06:49:55-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jury deliberations in the Jimmy Rodgers murder trial will pick back up for a second day inside a Lee County courtroom Wednesday.

Judge Kyle sent the jury home Tuesday night after they didn't reach an agreement. But the jurors say they are not deadlocked.

The state says Jimmy Rodgers helped murder Bonita Springs doctor Teresa Sievers inside her home in 2015.

The state says her murder was part of a conspiracy. They say Teresa's husband Mark hired his best friend, Curtis Wright, to take care of it. Wright, who took a plea deal in the case, says he then subcontracted Rodgers for the murder.

Now although the jurors were allowed to go home Tuesday night, initially they were supposed to be sequestered during deliberations. That's what the defense originally asked for.

But in court Tuesday, they changed their minds.

We don't know for sure why the defense dropped their request. But we asked one local law expert about it. "My guess is they believe these jurors are going to be honest enough, have enough integrity that they're not going to be talking about it. And they've proven themselves through the course of the trial, they have not talked about it," says Pam Seay.

This verdict could come at any time Wednesday. As soon as it comes in, you can count on Fox 4 for live coverage on what the jury decides. Stay in touch on, the Fox 4 Facebook page, as well as through our Fox 4 news app.

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