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Trevino lawyer casts doubt on crime scene; trial to start Monday

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The lawyer for Jeff Trevino, accused of killing his 30-year-old wife Kira Steger, said Monday that he believes scientific evidence contradicts the description investigators have given of a crime scene inside the couple's St. Paul home, the Star Tribune reports.

Investigators have said they found significant amounts of blood in the home. Defense attorney John Conard declined to elaborate on what evidence from the home he believes is in doubt, but his comments likely offer a glimpse of the case he'll mount at trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday.

Conard also said Monday that he was worried the jury pool for a trial might be "tainted" by media coverage in the highly publicized case, the Pioneer Press reported. Jury selection could take several days, and lawyers estimate the trial could last perhaps three weeks, the newspaper reports.

Trevino, 39, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife.

Steger went missing Feb. 22 and her body was discovered in the Mississippi River on May 9.

Prosecutors have alleged that Steger intended to leave her husband. Conard has said the marriage was ending because she was having an affair, the Pioneer Press notes.

In a recent odd twist in the case, it was revealed that Kira Steger’s iPhone had been sold to an electronics re-saler in St. Paul before it ended up in Indonesia, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Ramsey County District Court.

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