(NEW YORK) — The husband of a Florida doctor murdered inside the couple’s home last year was arrested in connection with her slaying.
A shackled Mark Sievers was emotionless Friday as he was taken to the Lee County jail for allegedly planning the murder of his wife Teresa last June. He was charged with second-degree murder.
“No emotion there,” Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said of Sievers. “I’m not 100 percent sure he’s got blood in his veins. I think it might be ice.”
In court documents, investigators said Sievers hired two men to break into the couple’s home and kill his wife.
“We were after Mark Sievers,” said Scott. “We got our man and we’re happy for that.”
One of the men arrested for the murder, Curtis Wright, cooperated with investigators, police said. He accepted a shorter sentence of 25 years days before Sievers was arrested.
According to police, investigators have been looking for months through conversations between Sievers and Wright, who often used codes and disposable cell phones.
“These folks went to great lengths to cover their tracks,” Scott said. “We had investigators in multiple states.”
Sievers’ attorney declined to comment on his arrest. Attorneys for Wright said he “is deeply sorry for the pain and lifetime of suffering that he has caused” and his decision to plead guilty “will hopefully begin to answer many questions and bring closure to the family of Teresa Sievers.”
Investigators said the couple may have had money problems and Sievers had five different insurance policies under his wife’s name totaling more than $4 million.
If convicted, Sievers could get the death penalty.
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