NewsLocal News


Monday updates (10/14): Jimmy Rodgers murder trial

Posted at 9:00 AM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 19:58:04-04

UPDATE (7:00 PM) -- Lee Circuit Judge Bruce Kyle adjourned court early on Monday to allow the defense the chance to sit with one of the state's FBI witnesses and discuss an evidence issue.

Defense says there is evidence they have not received from the FBI, although the FBI witness says they handed everything they had to the state. The state argues they gave everything they had to the defense.

Defense says this has been an issue since the beginning and it is why they had asked for a continuance.

Court will resume Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m.
UPDATE (1:45 PM) -- One member of the jury reported that during lunch with two other jurors at a restaurant, another diner sat next to them with a laptop and was viewing evidence photos of the murder. They asked the man to please move.

The juror told the judge he only caught a glimpse of the photos before he realized what it was. The three jurors were questioned by the judge before calling a recess to allow the State to make unrelated arrangements.
UPDATE (12 PM) -- Court has taken a lunch break.
UPDATE (11:50 AM) -- Former LCSO crime scene technician Amy Lusk has taken the stand to answer questions about hair samples taken from Jimmy Rodgers.

UPDATE (11:35 AM) -- State witness Kimberly Van Waus is back on the witness stand. She is a crime scene tech for the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

She first testified last Thursday. She photographed the car collected by LCSO for evidence.

Jimmy Rodgers murder trial: Crime scene technician Kimberly Van Waus returns to the stand

UPDATE (10:10 AM) -- The next witness is Detective Nick Schunemann of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, formerly of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Missouri.

He says he was assigned to execute two search warrants in Missouri.

Jimmy Rodgers murder trial: Det. Nick Schuenemann

UPDATE (9 AM) -- The first State witness is taking the witness stand this morning. Jeffery Conway is from Missouri and works for the Doe Run mining company.

Jimmy Rodgers murder trial: Jeffrey Conway of Doe Run Company

UPDATE (850 AM) -- Judge Kyle asked the State if the Mark Sievers trial will take longer than Rodgers. Estimate is whatever length the Rodgers trial takes, the Sievers trial will take a week longer.

But the State did say jury selection will take longer. The State wants a January date for the Sievers trial, but the judge is keeping it for November. He’s concerned they won’t be able to find a jury if they move it to January because of the holidays.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Questioning is continuing Monday in the trial of Jimmy Rodgers, who is accused of murdering Dr. Teresa Sievers in Bonita Springs in 2015 after being hired by her husband Mark.


Opening statements were held on Thursday, and the state has been calling up witnesses since then.


Jimmy Rodgers Trial updates Day 2: More witnesses planned Friday

Jimmy Rodgers murder trial Day 1: Opening statements done, witnesses called

Jury set for trial of Jimmy Rodgers in the murder of Teresa Sievers

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

How rare is the death penalty in Southwest Florida?

Jimmy Rodgers trial Day 5: More potential jurors get questioned

Why do death penalty trials take so long?

Jimmy Rodgers murder trial Day 4: The search for impartial jurors continues

Sievers murder trial Day 3 -- Jury selection expected to continue into next week

Sievers murder trial Day 2 updates: Jury selection continues

What happened to the Sievers home in the years since Teresa's murder?

Teresa Sievers murder trial updates: Day 1

Photos: Teresa Sievers crime scene (Graphic)

A deeper look at the suspects in Sievers murder

Remembering murdered Bonita Springs doctor Teresa Sievers

Judge approves two separate murder trials for Teresa Sievers murder

Death penalty cases in Florida cost taxpayers millions

Mark Sievers loses parental rights of daughters

Court papers reveal new details in Sievers slaying

Sievers murder: New audio and video released