Jeffery Trevino trial moved to Sept. 16

Jeffery Trevino

On Monday, July 1, Ramsey County District Judge Leonardo Castro moved the murder trial of Jeffery Trevino, 39, to Sept. 16.

The trial was originally scheduled to begin July 22.

At an omnibus probable cause hearing in March, Trevino pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, Kira Steger, 30, in February. Steger reportedly had been planning on ending the marriage, and according to friends, Trevino was increasingly “suspicious” of what Steger was doing when they were apart. Her body was found in the Mississippi River May 8.

Trevino’s attorney, John Conard, requested the nearly two-month extension so the defense could conduct an independent autopsy investigation. Steger’s body was recovered, naked, with a broken finger, head wound and lacerations to the liver, and a wad of duct tape stuck in her hair.

The prosecution also voiced the desire for more time to analyze phone records and DNA.

Prior to the discovery of Steger’s body, prosecutors had planned to carry out the trial without a body, as investigators had discovered enough blood in the couple’s home at 570 East Iowa Street in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood on the East Side of St. Paul to assume she had been murdered.

Trevino has been held at the Ramsey County Jail on $1 million bail since his Feb. 26 arrest.

— Johanna Holub

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