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Jury selection in Siever's trial briefly halted after defendant vomits in court

Posted: 12:26 AM, Nov 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-14 06:54:23-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There was an unusual interruption in the jury selection process for a Lee County man accused of arranging for the murder of his wife.

The defendant, Mark Sievers, vomited in the courtroom.

Sievers is accused of hiring his best friend, Curtis Wright, and another man, Jimmy Rodgers, to beat his wife to death inside their Bonita Springs home back in 2015.

On Wednesday, as a potential juror was questioned about her previous knowledge of the case, Mark Sievers seemed to urgently whisper something to one the attorneys on his defense team. The attorney then approached the bench and spoke with the judge.

The judge, Bruce Kyle, asked the potential jurors to leave the courtroom. Shortly afterwards, Sievers appeared to vomit into a waste basket in the courtroom.

As bailiffs ushered Sievers into the hallway, where he could be seen and heard vomiting in the waste basket that he carried with him into the hall.

Mark Sievers gets sick in court

One of his attorneys said that Sievers was complaining of a headache earlier in the day. Sievers later returned to the courtroom and the jury selection process continued.