CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. - Citrus County deputies arrested three men for their alleged roles in the murder of Jamie Seeger, 27, who was shot dead and left in a car in the middle of a Crystal River road last July.
Detectives took Marrio Williams, 27, of Dunnellon, Lawrence Vickers, 45, of Crystal River and Curtis Wilson, 30, of St. Petersburg into custody on active capital felony warrants for murder in the first degree.
After reports of shots fired early July 25, Citrus County deputies discovered a gray-colored Chrysler in the middle of the road at W. Cyrus Street and N. Reynolds Avenue. Inside, they found Seeger's body.
Sheriff Jeffrey Dawsy acknowledged during a press conference Thursday evening Seeger worked as a confidential informant for his office.
However, at the time of her death, Dawsy claims Seeger was no longer working as a confidential informant.
"At one particular time she was a confidential informant," said Dawsy. "But, our relationship was non-existent at the time of this tragedy."
Seeger's mother, Wendy Moore, said the sheriff is being untruthful.
"I was with her [the night she died]," explained Moore. "She was going to make a buy."
Moore said she listened as her daughter talked with investigators about details of the drug deal they arranged. When investigators found out Seeger was bringing her mom, Moore says her daughter was told to drop her off.
"The last thing I said was, 'I love you,'" Moore recalled.
Moore also claims here daughter told investigators over the phone she feared for her life. Her mother said she expressed those feelings multiple times before.
"She had death threats that they were basically going to kill her," Moore said.
Seeger family attorney Bill Grant told ABC Action News he sent a public information request asking for a list of all the cases Seeger acted as an informant on to Citrus County State Attorney Brad King.
Grant said documents show Seeger was involved in at least 18 cases between February and April 2012. Three of the cases involved her alleged killers. In the documents, Seeger's name was not listed. Instead the confidential informant was given the numerical listing 12-006. Grant said this number was found on all the cases released to him and he had the number independently identified as belonging to Seeger.
"We've now learned the suspects now in custody are in fact the same ones disclosed to us as Jaime Seeger being a confidential informant," said Grant.
According to Sheriff Jeff Dawsy, suspects were identified early on in the investigation, but crucial evidence and testimony had to be gathered in order to build a solid case.
"This was an extremely difficult and complex investigation" Dawsy said. "And I refused to rush the process and cut corners. Technical investigations such as this one can't be driven by public opinion or political pressure to make an arrest."
Dawsy said he is confident the evidence that has been collected will result in a successful prosecution.
None of the defendants was granted bond.
The sheriff would not confirm Seeger worked any of the cases involving her suspected killers.
"The investigation led us to the three but I cannot go into specifics," he said.
The sheriff did tell ABC Action News his office did not violate Rachel's Law.
Passed in 2009, the law states that police officers cannot offer an informant reduced jail time for undercover work. The law also allows informants to contact an attorney.
"This investigation, this incident has no relation to any violation to Rachel's Law," said Captain David DeCarlo with the sheriff's office.
Grant is now suing the sheriff's office on behalf of Seeger's family.
"They put Jaime Seeger in the position to be murdered," Grant said.
Sheriff Dawsy said on Friday he will release the number of cases Seeger worked and when the office stopped using her as an informant.