Kira Steger may have been smothered with a hand or a pillow, details emerged on day five of the trial of Jeffrey Trevino.
Trevino is accused of second degree murder in the death of his 30-year-old wife.
The Pioneer Press reports that Dr. Michael B. McGee took the witness stand to explain the results of an autopsy that was conducted after Steger's body was pulled from the Mississippi River in May.
At one point, the Star Tribune reports that Steger's mother turned her head away from pictures of the autopsy that were shown during the trial Wednesday. McGee said that Steger's body was in an advance stage of decomposition but was in relatively good condition.
She was last seen alive on Feb. 21.
The condition of her body is important and could help attorneys narrow or widen the window for her time of death. Under cross examination, McGee said Steger's body could have been in the river from a couple of weeks to a couple of months.
Prosecutors have just a few more witnesses to call according to a KMSP TV report. The others that took to the stand Wednesday was the barge mechanic who spotted Steger's remains in the river on May 8.
Steger's body was found in the portion of the river that is closest to the couples home, about five miles directly south.
Here is a report from KMSP on Wednesday's court activities.