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Tense moments during cross-examination of Curtis Wright

Posted: 7:30 AM, Nov 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-25 07:30:27-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One of the biggest parts of Friday's testimony came from Curtis Wright. The defense spent hours cross-examining the state's key witness, who's really the only person tying Mark Sievers to the crime.

Mark Sievers is accused of hiring Wright and JImmy Rodgers to kill Teresa Sievers in 2015.

In all, Wright was on the stand for more than two hours Friday. While there, Sievers' defense team walked Wright and the jury through the numerous amount of lies Wright told detectives before reaching a plea deal.

Public Defender: “In fact, when Detective Levitt told you that the Sievers were having marital problems, you told them: ‘You’re telling me they had marital problems? I was close, but I’ve never heard that. He never talked to me about that.’ Do you recall saying that to Detective Levitt?”
Wright: “Yes.”

The defense also focused on other lies Curtis Wright told the state, including saying he never stepped foot into the Sievers' home the night of the murder.

All of this, of course, was to try and convince the jury that Wright couldn't be relied on to ever tell the truth.

Through the course of questioning, though, things occasionally got a bit heated between Wright and the defense.

Public defender: “You said that you had previously sent information so that nobody would have complete access to everything. Do you recall saying that?”
Wright: “Yes, but it wasn’t concerning Mark.”
Public defender: “I’m sorry, was there a question in front of you?”
Wright: “There was.”
Prosecutor: “Objection.”
Judge: “Sustained.”

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