INVERNESS, Fla. - The family of a murdered police informant is asking for a new investigation into the case after the I-Team exposed new information about the crime.
Jamie Seeger was murdered last year. The 27-year-old was a confidential informant working with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. Her family believes she was murdered because of her work as an informant, and they blame Sheriff Jeff Dawsy for failing to protect her.
"She worked for him, just like his deputies. She was no different than they were. So if he protects them, he should have protected her," said Wendy Moore, Seeger's mother.
Last week, the I-Team uncovered new information showing that the gun used to kill Jamie Seeger was a stolen weapon that once belonged to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. It was sold to a deputy, who gave it to a family member. After that, it was stolen in burglary before being used in the murder of Jamie Seeger (see the original story at http://wfts.tv/14KDPk7 ).
On Wednesday, the attorney representing Seeger's family said the information about the gun is one of several reasons why the Sheriff's Office should not be in charge of the investigation.
"It is befuddling to me how this sheriff can continue an investigation when the gun and the murder weapon used in this case belonged to one of his deputies," said Seeger family attorney Bill Grant.
The family is asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to take over the investigation. The I-Team has reached out to FDLE for comment.
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office declined to respond to any of the allegations made by the Seeger family. In previous interviews, Sheriff Dawsy has disputed any allegations of wrongdoing by the department.
The Seeger family is also planning to sue the Sheriff's Office to hand over records of Seeger's work as an informant.
"The bottom line is that the sheriff of Citrus County is refusing to provide any information relating to the death of Jamie Seeger," Grant said.
The Seeger family plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.