UPDATE: 8 Jurors Selected in Trevino Murder Trial

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATED: Tue 7:54 PM, Sept 17, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Eight jurors have been selected so far for the murder trial of a St. Paul man accused of killing his wife.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jeffery Trevino is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Kira Steger. Steger disappeared in February. Her body was pulled from the Mississippi River more than two months later.

Five men and three women were chosen as jurors Tuesday in Ramsey County court. Twenty-four prospective jurors were questioned.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports jury selection will continue until 12 jurors and two alternates are chosen. The trial is expected to last about three weeks.

Family members say Steger was trying to leave Trevino when she was killed. Authorities say "copious amounts" of blood were found in the couple's home.

UPDATE: Mon 9:36 AM, Sept. 16, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Prosecutors in Ramsey County will try to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Jeffery Trevino killed his wife, whose body was found in the Mississippi River more than two months after she disappeared.

Trevino's trial begins Monday in the high profile case. Trevino is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old KIra Steger. Her family members say she was trying to leave Trevino when she was killed last February. Authorities say "copious amounts" of blood were found in the couple's St. Paul home.

Trevino's attorney, John Conrad, will attempt to raise reasonable doubt that someone else killed Steger.

Jury selection is expected to last two days.

ORIGINAL STORY: FRI 4:35 PM, Aug 09, 2013

A Twin cities newspaper said in an article this week police documents reveal a bizarre twist in the homicide investigation of a D.C. Everest grad believed to have been killed by her husband.

The Pioneer Press newspaper said after Kira Trevino Steger went missing in February, her cellphone was sold and later turned up Indonesia.

Steger, 30, was reported missing Feb. 24. Her body was recovered from the Mississippi River on May 8.

Jeffery Trevino, 39, is charged with her death and is expected to stand trial on Sept. 16 in Ramsey County, Minn.

According to the newspaper, police linked the phone to a St. Paul business, EZ Traderz, that buys and resells electronics. The business owner gave police the name of another man whom he believed sold him the phone.

Court documents did not say what that man told police about how he came to possess Steger's cellphone.

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