Recap of opening statements in Jimmy Rodgers murder trial

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Recap of opening statements in Jimmy Rodgers murder trial

The jury will hear from more witnesses Friday as the state tries to prove Jimmy Rodgers killed Dr. Teresa Sievers in her home in 2015.


Recap of opening statements in Jimmy Rodgers murder trial

Nissan Versa COULD BE CONNECTEDTO A MAN WHO IS BEHIND BARSRIGHT NOW.TODAY, THE JURY WILL HEAR FROMMORE WITNESSES... AS THE STATRIES TO PROVE JIMMY RODGERSKILLED DOCTOR TERESA SIEVERS.DURING OPENING STATEMENTS -- THEPROSECUTION TRIED TO APPEAL TOTHE JURY’S EMOTIONS... AS THEYLAID OUT THEIR STRATEGY TO PROJIMMY RODGERS GUILTY.STATE "In order to tell thstory, we have to start in tend.

This story is about theperfect marriage, the perfecfriendship, the perfect aliband the murder.

It was almosperfect" 25 secTHE STATE THEN PAINTED A PICTUREOF THE SCENE... SAYING NOTHINGIN THE HOME WAS RANSACKED, NOVALUABLES WERE STOLEN.THEY LAID OUT THE EVIDENCE THEYSAY PROVES JIMMY RODGERS WAS INFLORIDA -- HIS "ELECTRONICFOOTPRINTS" -- VIDEO RECORDINGS.THEY SAY RODGERS ALSO TOOK TIMEOFF FROM WORK... AT THE TIME THEMURDER WAS HAPPENING.THE STATE TOLD THE JURY...RODGERS CLAIMED NOT TO KNOWMARK, BUT THERE WERE PHOTOS OFTHE TWO TOGETHER AT THE WEDDINGOF CURTIS WRIGHT -- HIS ALLEGEDACCOMPLICE.THE STATE SAYS RODGERSGIRLFRIEND SHOWED THEM EVIDENC-- A JUMPSUIT WITH RODGERS HAIRON IT.

SHE ALSO TOLD THEPROSECUTORS AFTER DETECTIVESCAME TO THEIR HOME, RODGERSOAKED HIS PHONE IN WATER ANDBROKE IT BEFORE THROWING IT OUTTHE WINDOW.YOU JUST HEARD FROM HAMIDHUNTER... AN ASSISTANT STATEATTORNEY... TRYING TO PROVEJIMMY RODGERS IS GUILTY.HIS OPENING STATEMENTS WENT ONFOR JUST UNDER AN HOUR.THE DEFENSE KEPT THEIRS MUCHMORE CONCISE...FINISHING IN JUSTHALF THAT TIME.OF COURSE... THEIR MAIN GOAL ISTO GIVE JURORS AS MUCHREASONABLE DOUBT AS POSSIBLE...THAT RODGERS **NOT** GUILTY.THAT’S WHAT HIS PUBLICDEFENDER....KATHLEENFITZGEORGE... FOCUSED ON IN HERSTATEMENT.what you hard from the stateattorney is what they believe,or expect, or hope, the evidencewill show.but it’s a bumpy road, becausethey haven’t told youeverything.BUTTWhat you will hear is a lot ofevidence about mr wright and mrsievers and their long-timrelationship, decades long.

Thatthey were boiyhood friendsknown each other for decades.But I submit to you that theevidence will show that theyalso had quite a bizarrerelationshipSHE WENT ON TO SAY WRIGHT’S ANDROGERS’ GIRLFRIENDS’ STATEMENTSHAVEN’T BEEN CONSISTENT... THATHERE WAS NO COMMUNICATIONBETWEEN RODGERS AND MARKSIEVERS... AND SAYS DETECTIVESARE PAYING HIS GIRLFRIEND400-DOLLARS A MONTH... FOR HERSTATEMENT.AS WE MENTIONED-- MORE WITNESSESWILL BE CALLED ON TODAY TOTESTIFY.THIS TRIAL COULD TAKE WEEKBEFORE IT’S OVER... AND FOX 4WILL BE THERE IN THE COURTROOMAND LIVE OUTSIDE THE COURTHOUSERECAPPING THE DAY’S EVENTS.YOU CAN KEEP UP WITH THE E

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