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Opening statements made in Trevino murder trial

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Attorneys made their opening statements Thursday in the murder trial of Jeffery Trevino, who's accused of killing his wife, 30-year-old Kira Steger, and dumping her body into the Mississippi River.

Ramsey County prosecutor Andrew Johnson told the jury that Steger had been having an affair and that she and Trevino often slept in separate bedrooms, the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press reported the man who would become her lover was the district manager of Delia's clothing store at the Mall of America, where Steger worked as manager, Johnson said.

The prosecutor argued that the case is about "rage, it’s about jealousy, it’s about deception, it’s about a cover-up. She wanted to leave, but he didn’t want to let her go."

Johnson also noted in his arguments that the couple's last meal on Feb. 21 before Steger disappeared was sushi and lamb meatballs at Crave at the Mall of America.

An autopsy report shows fish was found in Steger's stomach after her body was recovered from the river more than two months later, indicating Steger was killed long before Trevino claims his wife left the house the morning of Feb. 22.

The defense is basing its case on science, KARE 11 says.

Trevino's attorney John Conard told jurors that DNA evidence is not reliable and that less than a thimble full of Steger's blood was discovered in the couple's St. Paul rental home, which is not consistent with the amount of blood that would have come from Steger's injuries.

A jury of eight men and six women will hear from 55 witnesses, including Matt, the roommate who slept in the couple's basement, KSTP reports.

Trevino, 39, was charged with second-degree murder in late February after investigators found Steger’s blood in her car and throughout the couple’s home in St. Paul. In early May, Steger’s body was pulled from the Mississippi River.

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