This is a bizarre case. It seems that all the twists and turns haven’t been released, but at least one of the accused was on probation, and the murder weapon is apparently our old standby, the hammer.
Two men were arrested this week in connection to the murder of a well-regarded Florida doctor and married mother-of-two who sources say was beaten to death with a hammer.
Curtis Wayne Wright Jr, 47, and Jimmy Rodgers, 25, were arrested in Missouri and are facing charges of second-degree murder in the death of Teresa Sievers, 46, who was found dead in her Bonita Springs home on June 29.
Wright is a longtime friend of Sievers’s husband, Mark Sievers. The two went to school together and are friends on Facebook.
The victim was a holistic physician. One of the accused is not only a friend of her husbands, but an employee of hers. The other appears to have been the hammer guy.
Neighbors heard screaming and arguing coming from the family’s home the following morning. When Sievers didn’t show up to work, police visited the home, where her body was found.
Though Lee County officers have not disclosed how Sievers was killed, sources say she was beaten to death with a hammer.
Rodgers used the nickname ‘Hammer’ on his Facebook page, which has since been deleted, according to the Naples Daily News.
‘He always talked about how his favorite weapon was a hammer. He said it to me multiple times, “My favorite weapon was a hammer”,’ a neighbor of Rodgers said.
As we’ve seen in these pages, so many times we’re sick of writing it, a hammer is a perfect;y effective weapon to kill something fragile like a human being. But Rodgers (or as he styled himself on Facebook, Jimmy the Hammer) had a good reason to prefer a hammer: as a convicted gun felon, on probation when he and Wright committed the murder, he was a prohibited person, and could not buy a gun legally. He probably should have gone by Jimmy the Jailbird; Rodgers is a career criminal who has been a felon since he was 17; he’s only on probation now because his lawyer played all the sympathy cards at his last felon-in-possession conviction.
The two suspects were friends and hung out together. Now they are charged with 2nd-degree murder. Why second degree? That’s one of the many puzzles in this case.