Husband Charged with Plotting Murder of Prominent Florida Doctor: 'We Got Our Man,' Says Sheriff
02/29/2016 AT 02:25 PM EST
"We were after Mark Sievers," Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott told the media at a news conference after the arrest. "We got our man and we're very happy for that."
Mark Sievers, 47, was away from the home at a family reunion when Dr. Teresa Sievers, 46, was killed.
The allegation against Sievers follows the arrest last August of two Missouri men, including Curtis Wright Jr., a childhood friend of Mark Sievers who has pleaded guilty in the case and accepted a 25-year plea deal in exchange for helping prosecutors, CBS News reports.
Prosecutors allege Sievers, who has maintained his innocence despite being publicly identified as a suspect last December, "had direct involvement in the planning and execution" of the crime. Prosecutors allege Wright, 47, and Jimmy Rodgers, 25 – both charged with second-degree murder – were hired to carry out it out.
Sheriff Scott said the trio allegedly put "a great deal of effort and energy into covering the tracks, into throwing us off on their track."
"The decision of Curtis Wayne Wright to accept responsibility and plead guilty to second-degree murder will hopefully begin to answer many questions and bring closure to the family of Teresa Sievers," Wright's attorney, Elizabeth Parker, said in a statement obtained by the Naples Daily News.
"Mr. Wright is deeply sorry for the pain and lifetime of suffering that he had caused those who were affected by his actions in this case, including his family and most importantly Teresa Sievers' daughters."
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Those two young daughters were with their parents at a family reunion in Connecticut last summer, and remained behind with their father when Teresa Sievers returned June 28 to Florida, the News-Press reports. Her body was discovered alongside a bloody hammer at the family's home the next day.
Last December the state attorney's office revealed Mark Sievers allegedly had repeatedly been in contact with Wright in the run-up to the murder. The family was allegedly living "paycheck to paycheck," the newspaper reports, and there were allegedly several life insurance policies in Teresa's name totaling between $4 million and $5 million.
Sheriff Scott did not say whether investigators had obtained a confession from Mark Sievers.
"He doesn't have a lot to say," said Scott, who knew the victim. "I am not even sure he has blood in his veins. I think it might be ice."
He added: "I do anticipate that this brings closure to the case."