***GUILTY*** Mark Sievers - 1st Degree Murder & Conspiracy

Discussion in 'Dr. Teresa Sievers' started by beach, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. Oregonmama

    Oregonmama Well-Known Member

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  2. Oregonmama

    Oregonmama Well-Known Member

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  3. Kakidoll

    Kakidoll Karma never forgets

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    I think any of his 'supporters' probably left for the day and went home, not realizing that a verdict could come in since they wre leaving at 6:30. I also think a few people are now distancing themselves from him, especially Ms. Lyons. She had a bad day on the stand, IMO, and put herself in a light I don't think will flatter her. I think she's been in contact with Mark quite a bit.

    There are many answers i want now. I'll start small.
    1. The story on the investigator and vid. guy. More to that story for sure.
    2. Angie. What is going on with her and why not pursue anything with her? She's just kinda hanging.
    3. Bonnie and M's brother that still wanted the kids (for control of money, of course) Why not there at all?
    4. Answers from beach why some of the other stuff was left out that we all thought would be coming in.

    Holding onto my seat for Tuesday. I predict either MS will slam TS to get the last word in, or will just be a crumbled whimpering ball of nothingness at the table. I don't know how long his false bravado is going to hold up now.
     
  4. FelicityLemon

    FelicityLemon Well-Known Member

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    I hope no pressure is put on TS' children to either make a statement or submit a written request for leniency. I'm disgusted to even be saying that, but I don't put that past MS or his family to try that.
     
  5. TrueCrimeAddict55

    TrueCrimeAddict55 Well-Known Member

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    I love him too and have the upmost respect for him. He had to deal with all the shenanigans from the beginning with MS lawyers and delay, delays, delays. He treats everyone with respect and dignity. So many times he's had to keep his thoughts to himself and that must have been difficult with this case. I love that he's a judge in my county.
     
  6. Oregonmama

    Oregonmama Well-Known Member

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    JMO, but the maternal side will not let that happen....
     
  7. Weki

    Weki Well-Known Member

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    Just watched the clips of the judge dealing with the private investigator/videographer. Wow. You could tell the judge was LIVID but holding it in. There's no doubt in my mind that was some intimidation tactic cooked up by MS. Had to be! I mean, what else could it be? And for what purpose? Judge knew exactly what was going on and that's why he was (rightly) infuriated!
     
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  8. No it's not

    No it's not that simple

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    Thank you for the link Oregonmama!

    Mark Sievers found guilty of first-degree murder, may face death penalty

    (Beach, do we need a separate "Penalty Phase" thread? Sorry for the length)

    From the link:
    'During the next phase of the trial, prosecutors will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that at least one aggravating factor applies to Mark Sievers to make him eligible for the death penalty.'

    There are 16 aggravating factors according to FL Statutes:

    Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine

    PART 1

    (6) AGGRAVATING FACTORS.—Aggravating factors shall be limited to the following:
    (a) The capital felony was committed by a person previously convicted of a felony and under sentence of imprisonment or placed on community control or on felony probation.
    (b) The defendant was previously convicted of another capital felony or of a felony involving the use or threat of violence to the person.
    (c) The defendant knowingly created a great risk of death to many persons.
    (d) The capital felony was committed while the defendant was engaged, or was an accomplice, in the commission of, or an attempt to commit, or flight after committing or attempting to commit, any: robbery; sexual battery; aggravated child abuse; abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult resulting in great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; arson; burglary; kidnapping; aircraft piracy; or unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb.
    (e) The capital felony was committed for the purpose of avoiding or preventing a lawful arrest or effecting an escape from custody.
    (f) The capital felony was committed for pecuniary gain.
    (g) The capital felony was committed to disrupt or hinder the lawful exercise of any governmental function or the enforcement of laws.
    (h) The capital felony was especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel.
    (i) The capital felony was a homicide and was committed in a cold, calculated, and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification.
    (j) The victim of the capital felony was a law enforcement officer engaged in the performance of his or her official duties.
    (k) The victim of the capital felony was an elected or appointed public official engaged in the performance of his or her official duties if the motive for the capital felony was related, in whole or in part, to the victim’s official capacity.
    (l) The victim of the capital felony was a person less than 12 years of age.
    (m) The victim of the capital felony was particularly vulnerable due to advanced age or disability, or because the defendant stood in a position of familial or custodial authority over the victim.
    (n) The capital felony was committed by a criminal gang member, as defined in s. 874.03.
    (o) The capital felony was committed by a person designated as a sexual predator pursuant to s. 775.21 or a person previously designated as a sexual predator who had the sexual predator designation removed.
    (p) The capital felony was committed by a person subject to an injunction issued pursuant to s. 741.30 or s. 784.046, or a foreign protection order accorded full faith and credit pursuant to s. 741.315, and was committed against the petitioner who obtained the injunction or protection order or any spouse, child, sibling, or parent of the petitioner.



    And the Procedure according to FL Statutes (from link from above):



    (1) SEPARATE PROCEEDINGS ON ISSUE OF PENALTY.—Upon conviction or adjudication of guilt of a defendant of a capital felony, the court shall conduct a separate sentencing proceeding to determine whether the defendant should be sentenced to death or life imprisonment as authorized by s. 775.082. The proceeding shall be conducted by the trial judge before the trial jury as soon as practicable. If, through impossibility or inability, the trial jury is unable to reconvene for a hearing on the issue of penalty, having determined the guilt of the accused, the trial judge may summon a special juror or jurors as provided in chapter 913 to determine the issue of the imposition of the penalty. If the trial jury has been waived, or if the defendant pleaded guilty, the sentencing proceeding shall be conducted before a jury impaneled for that purpose, unless waived by the defendant. In the proceeding, evidence may be presented as to any matter that the court deems relevant to the nature of the crime and the character of the defendant and shall include matters relating to any of the aggravating factors enumerated in subsection (6) and for which notice has been provided pursuant to s. 782.04(1)(b) or mitigating circumstances enumerated in subsection (7). Any such evidence that the court deems to have probative value may be received, regardless of its admissibility under the exclusionary rules of evidence, provided the defendant is accorded a fair opportunity to rebut any hearsay statements. However, this subsection shall not be construed to authorize the introduction of any evidence secured in violation of the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the State of Florida. The state and the defendant or the defendant’s counsel shall be permitted to present argument for or against sentence of death.
    (2) FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDED SENTENCE BY THE JURY.—This subsection applies only if the defendant has not waived his or her right to a sentencing proceeding by a jury.
    (a) After hearing all of the evidence presented regarding aggravating factors and mitigating circumstances, the jury shall deliberate and determine if the state has proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, the existence of at least one aggravating factor set forth in subsection (6).
    (b) The jury shall return findings identifying each aggravating factor found to exist. A finding that an aggravating factor exists must be unanimous. If the jury:
    1. Does not unanimously find at least one aggravating factor, the defendant is ineligible for a sentence of death.
    2. Unanimously finds at least one aggravating factor, the defendant is eligible for a sentence of death and the jury shall make a recommendation to the court as to whether the defendant shall be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or to death. The recommendation shall be based on a weighing of all of the following:
    a. Whether sufficient aggravating factors exist.
    b. Whether aggravating factors exist which outweigh the mitigating circumstances found to exist.
    c. Based on the considerations in sub-subparagraphs a. and b., whether the defendant should be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or to death.
    (c) If a unanimous jury determines that the defendant should be sentenced to death, the jury’s recommendation to the court shall be a sentence of death. If a unanimous jury does not determine that the defendant should be sentenced to death, the jury’s recommendation to the court shall be a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
    (3) IMPOSITION OF SENTENCE OF LIFE IMPRISONMENT OR DEATH.—
    (a) If the jury has recommended a sentence of:
    1. Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, the court shall impose the recommended sentence.
    2. Death, the court, after considering each aggravating factor found by the jury and all mitigating circumstances, may impose a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or a sentence of death. The court may consider only an aggravating factor that was unanimously found to exist by the jury.
    (b) If the defendant waived his or her right to a sentencing proceeding by a jury, the court, after considering all aggravating factors and mitigating circumstances, may impose a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or a sentence of death. The court may impose a sentence of death only if the court finds that at least one aggravating factor has been proven to exist beyond a reasonable doubt.
    (4) ORDER OF THE COURT IN SUPPORT OF SENTENCE OF DEATH.—In each case in which the court imposes a sentence of death, the court shall, considering the records of the trial and the sentencing proceedings, enter a written order addressing the aggravating factors set forth in subsection (6) found to exist, the mitigating circumstances in subsection (7) reasonably established by the evidence, whether there are sufficient aggravating factors to warrant the death penalty, and whether the aggravating factors outweigh the mitigating circumstances reasonably established by the evidence. If the court does not issue its order requiring the death sentence within 30 days after the rendition of the judgment and sentence, the court shall impose a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in accordance with s. 775.082.
    (5) REVIEW OF JUDGMENT AND SENTENCE.—The judgment of conviction and sentence of death shall be subject to automatic review by the Supreme Court of Florida and disposition rendered within 2 years after the filing of a notice of appeal. Such review by the Supreme Court shall have priority over all other cases and shall be heard in accordance with rules adopted by the Supreme Court.
     
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  9. Dmacky

    Dmacky Well-Known Member

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    I agree, he looked stunned!
    I imagine through his tears and quivering chin he was thinking
    But...But...But, did the jury not see the placements of Dog Bowls? ;)
    Those dog bowls DEFY the laws of physics :D
     
  10. No it's not

    No it's not that simple

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    PART 2

    And then the mitigation circumstances:

    Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine

    (7) MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES.—Mitigating circumstances shall be the following:
    (a) The defendant has no significant history of prior criminal activity.
    (b) The capital felony was committed while the defendant was under the influence of extreme mental or emotional disturbance.
    (c) The victim was a participant in the defendant’s conduct or consented to the act.
    (d) The defendant was an accomplice in the capital felony committed by another person and his or her participation was relatively minor.
    (e) The defendant acted under extreme duress or under the substantial domination of another person.
    (f) The capacity of the defendant to appreciate the criminality of his or her conduct or to conform his or her conduct to the requirements of law was substantially impaired.
    (g) The age of the defendant at the time of the crime.
    (h) The existence of any other factors in the defendant’s background that would mitigate against imposition of the death penalty.
    (8) VICTIM IMPACT EVIDENCE.—Once the prosecution has provided evidence of the existence of one or more aggravating factors as described in subsection (6), the prosecution may introduce, and subsequently argue, victim impact evidence to the jury. Such evidence shall be designed to demonstrate the victim’s uniqueness as an individual human being and the resultant loss to the community’s members by the victim’s death. Characterizations and opinions about the crime, the defendant, and the appropriate sentence shall not be permitted as a part of victim impact evidence.
    (9) APPLICABILITY.—This section does not apply to a person convicted or adjudicated guilty of a capital drug trafficking felony under s. 893.135.
     
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  11. Weki

    Weki Well-Known Member

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    I listened to the prosecution's closing statement this morning while I was getting ready for work. And I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It was clear and to the point. There was no drama, which in the right hands can be very effective but I don't think that's Hunter's style. Basically, there is no reason for Wright to kill Teresa Sievers. None! The only connection is MS. The texts between husband and wife and all of MS's mundane and fallacious notes about the # of O's don't really prove anything so I'm not surprised that didn't come in. It sounds like there was a lot of other extraneous stuff that didn't come in that this thread felt should've come in. But in thinking about it some more this morning, it seems to me that Wright's cooperation and testimony pretty much nailed MS. I mean, but for MS there is no way that Wright knew Teresa would be home alone on that particular date and there's all this evidence about the burner phones and MS leaving the door open. Just like the Markel case, the only connection between Wright and Teresa is MS. Who the heck drives that far to kill a wife and mother of two in such a brutal manner? That's all state needed.

    In addition, state had MS's activities or lack thereof right after Teresa was found. All those things Hunter pointed out in closing were also pretty damning against MS.
     
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  12. Oregonmama

    Oregonmama Well-Known Member

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    H and I jump out at me
     
  13. Oregonmama

    Oregonmama Well-Known Member

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    I honestly think he thought he covered all of his tracks that would implicate him. JMO, there is no perfect crime and he slipped many times. His communication with CK is an example re the number of hits...
     
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  14. No it's not

    No it's not that simple

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    Exactly!

    -Nin
     
  15. Dmacky

    Dmacky Well-Known Member

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    Look at him crying real tears for HIMSELF. His face got so red when the verdict was read! Jail was a picnic compared to prison. Prisoners don't like crybabies either. I'm torn on the DP vs Life. I'd love to see him get DP, because they are kept in isolation, except 2 hours a day. The downside is they have so many appeals, which would keep the family involved and reliving their nightmare over each time one came up. My hope is that TS's family gets the punishment THEY want/choose for Mark
    [​IMG]
     
  16. FelicityLemon

    FelicityLemon Well-Known Member

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    ^^^^^THAT ^^^^^^

    Has always been for me, the biggest piece of baloney that ever came out of anyone's ...hat...
    It's insulting to any victim in that -again, for me- it minimizes the crime. It minimizes the criminal's intent, his deliberate thoughts and planning and it minimizes the severity of what the criminal did to his victims.

    "Sure, he raped and murdered that baby, but gee Judge, he has no criminal history, so please go easy on him."

    Not every murderer is a serial or mass murder. Not every murderer has history of torturing small animals.
    Seriously, who thinks that the pedophile who gets caught, tried and convicted for the first time, hasn't been preying on children for years before getting caught.

    Some convicted criminal/murderers commit a lifetime of crimes and atrocities without getting caught and thus have a criminal record.

    That's just for a start.
     
  17. msboo

    msboo Well-Known Member

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    I do hope the press leaves them all alone. Just let the neighbors & new neighbors carry on.
     
  18. tlcya

    tlcya Old and Tired Websleuth

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    work and life have been hectic and I only just now was able to check on this trial. I am so happy with this verdict and felt some smug satisfaction watching him cry as it was announced. 4 hours and 16 minutes. That's all it took for the jury to come back - Thank you to the jury.

    May Teresa rest and may her beautiful daughters and other loved ones finally be able find some sense of peace and find a way to move forward while honoring Teresa with how they live their lives.
     
  19. msboo

    msboo Well-Known Member

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    I asked earlier.... anyone think there’s a link between the PI and videographer AND Mark’s Stepmom or any other supportive family?
    All were absent from the verdict announcement last night.
    Just sayin.
     
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    al66pine Well-Known Member

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    "JAC"?

    @susnoat :)
    Sorry to step in out of the blue (followed early on, 4 yrs ago, not much since), but can anyone pls tell what "JAC" stands for? Or point me to posts or link discussing it? Thx in adv.
    Glad to see the verdict.
     

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