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Rodgers Trial Updates (Monday 10/21): Closing arguments begin

Posted at 10:46 AM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 21:49:48-04

UPDATE (5:50pm)-- The jury has been dismissed and deliberations begin tomorrow.

UPDATE (1:30 PM) -- Closing arguments have begun in the Jimmy Rodgers case. The Defense wants sequestration for the jury. Deliberation will happen Tuesday after Judge Kyle gives instructions and sequestration will happen if a verdict isn't found by the end of Tuesday.

UPDATE (11:20 AM) -- Judge Kyle asked about the time needed for closing arguments. The State says about 3 hours, defense says 2 hours.

They are breaking for an early lunch, and will begin arguments at 12:45 pm.
UPDATE (10:55 AM) -- Judge Kyle says it is up to the jury members to decide the credibility of the testimonies from Curtis Wright and Taylor Shomaker.

Moves to DENY motion for acquittal.

"There is no evidence what so ever that puts Rodgers in that house," says the defense.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The murder trial of Jimmy Rodgers for the death of Teresa Sievers resumed Monday morning.

Judge Kyle has denied the defense's motion for acquittal, saying the state has met its burden. Both the state and defense have rested, and motions will continue.

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