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Updates: Defense begins questioning in Mark Sievers trial for murder

Posted: 10:17 AM, Dec 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-03 20:53:55-05
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UPDATE (2:30 PM) -- Following lunch, the defense called Mayra Simmons to the stand. Simmons previously worked as an analyst for the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

After her testimony, Curtis Wright was called back to the stand.

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UPDATE (11:20 AM) -- Court has resumed. Judge Kyle says he will sustain the state's objection to the video in question.

Kimberly Van Waus, a crime scene tech, is now on the stand.

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UPDATE (10:40 AM) -- The defense is now re-calling Lt. Michael Downs, from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, to the stand.

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UPDATE (10:25 AM) -- The next witness is Lt. David Lebid, from the Lee County Sheriff's office. Lt. Lebid is one of the detectives that traveled to Missouri after receiving the initial lead in the case. He is also one of the detectives that recovered evidence in Missouri.

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The trial for Mark Sievers in the murder of his wife Teresa got off to a late start Tuesday morning, with questioning beginning after 10 a.m.

With the state resting its case Monday, the defense began with its witnesses today. The defense did say they will be recalling Curtis Wayne Wright to the stand.

Before questioning began, one juror was brought in for questioning. Apparently, this juror told one of the bailiffs that he had noticed that another juror was not paying attention. Judge asked him if he had spoken to that other juror and he said no, he just noticed it.

That other juror was then brought in for questioning. It appears to be the same juror that the court has had some issues with. Judge Kyle asked the juror if he is having trouble with his hearing aid. The juror said a bit but could still hear everything.

The first witness called to the stand was K.C. Stout, who previously testified in the case.

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