Three people have been arrested in the murder of a woman who had been working as an undercover informant for the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.
Jamie Seeger was found dead in a car in the early morning hours of July 25. She had been shot to death.
The sheriff's office says three people are in custody: 27-year-old Marrio Williams, 45-year-old Lawrence Vickers and 30-year-old Curtis Wilson. All three are charged with first-degree murder.
According to public records and the Seeger family's attorney, Seeger was involved in at least 25 undercover cases as a confidential informant for the sheriff's office.
Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said acknowledged publicly Thursday that Seeger had worked as an undercover informant for the sheriff's office.
"It's been a long time coming," said Jamie Seeger's mother Wendy Moore. "I'm glad they finally got the people that we told them right from the beginning."
"We are very pleased to be able to bring closure to this case, on basically two fronts. One, of course to the family, this assists with them in their grieving process, at least they know who to hold accountable," said Sheriff Jeff Dawsy.
Seeger's body was found in a car in the middle of the road in Crystal River back in July. Her mother said she was afraid for her life.
"That she had death threats, that they basically told her they were gonna kill her," said Moore, who saw her daughter only minutes before she left on what they say was a drug buy.
"What's the last thing you said to her?" we asked. "That I loved her," said Moore. "And I'd see her in five minutes."
At a news conference Thursday, Dawsy said he's handed the case over to the State Attorney's Office and couldn't go into detail about how the investigation went down.
The family's attorney says the sheriff's office violated the Rachel Hoffman law, which says police cannot offer an informant reduced jail time for undercover work.
"Jamie Seeger was a confidential informant, she was made a deal to not be prosecuted to do work, and that's what Rachel Hoffman's law requires," said family attorney Bill Grant, who says the sheriff's office should have done more to protect Jamie.
"They knew affirmatively that she was in harm's way and they did nothing to help her," Grant said.
Sheriff Dawsy disputed that charge.
"Rachel's Law has nothing to do with this particular case at all," Dawsy said . "There was no relationship with us at that particular time."
Now, Seeger's family is suing the sheriff's office. Grant says that during a trial in which Vickers and Williams were facing drug charges, Jamie's name was revealed as the confidential informant who gave them up.
Sheriff Dawsey did say Seeger had been a confidential informant for him, helping to make dangerous drug buys. Grant said she helped with at least 18 cases.
"It's a fact that she did. As late as the second week of July, in Levy County Florida, with one of the potential defendants in this case," Grant said.
"And they told me they'd keep her safe and they didn't," said Moore.
Jamie Seeger leaves behind two children, ages 1 and 4.
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