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State to seek death penalty in Sievers case

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 15:14:12-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- In a new development in the murder of Bonita Springs doctor Teresa Sievers, the state confirms they will seek the death penalty against the two remaining suspects in her death.

Teresa's husband Mark Sievers and his alleged accomplice, Jimmy Rodgers, are both charged with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Mark Sievers hired Jimmy Rodgers and a childhood best friend, Curtis Wright, to kill Teresa last summer for life insurance money.

PHOTOS: Teresa Sievers crime scene (Warning: Very Graphic)

If convicted, a jury must decide whether to move forward with the death penalty.

Curtis Wright is expected to serve a 25-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder earlier this year.

MORE: Sievers' attorney says death penalty should be 'off the table'