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Mark Sievers found guilty of First Degree Murder

Posted: 9:18 AM, Dec 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-04 23:12:45-05

UPDATE (7 PM)-- Mark Sievers appeared to become emotional while the judge excused the jury.

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UPDATE (6:30 PM)-- A jury has found Mark Sievers guilty of First Degree Murder.

UPDATE (2:15 PM) -- Closing arguments are completed, and Judge Bruce Kyle has read the jury instructions.

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UPDATE (1:15 PM) -- The state is now on rebuttal of closing arguments.

"But for Mark Sievers, Teresa Sievers would have not been found dead on her kitchen floor," said Assist. State Attorney Cynthia Ross.

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UPDATE (11:30 AM) -- Defense attorney Michael Mummert has begun the defense's closing arguments.

Closing arguments: Defense makes final argument in Mark Sievers trial

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UPDATE (10:45 AM) -- The state's closing arguments are complete, after speaking for just over an hour. After a brief recess, the defense will have its turn.

Closing arguments: Prosecutors make final argument in Mark Sievers trial

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UPDATE (9:35 AM) -- The state is beginning its closing arguments.

"I'm not going to say we reached the end of our journey because we still have a long way to go," said Hamid Hunter. Hunter says this is just the guilt phase.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mark Sievers is not taking the stand in his murder trial for the death of his wife, Dr. Teresa Sievers.

Judge Kyle asked Mark if he was opting to defend himself on the stand, reminding him that the decision is solely his. Sievers opted to not testify.

Sievers is accused of hiring two men to kill his wife Teresa Sievers in their Bonita Springs home in 2015.

The court is proceeding with preparations for closing arguments.

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