Jury selection in the murder trial of Jeffery Trevino, who's accused of killing his wife, Kira Steger, got underway in St. Paul Monday morning.
FOX 9's Paul Blume says 54 prospective jurors were sent home after filling out written questionnaires that will likely help attorneys narrow down the jury pool.
About 6 relatives were present to support Trevino at Monday's hearing, Blume said. No one connected to Steger attended.
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.
After several organized searches for Steger by law enforcement and volunteers, the 30-year-old woman's body was pulled from the Mississippi River in May.
Trevino pleaded not guilty and remains in the Ramsey County jail on $1 million bail.
The case has drawn a lot of media attention, which Trevino's defense attorney John Conard is concerned might taint the jury pool.
The Star Tribune's Chao Xiong says the jury is expected to hear testimony from about 55 witnesses.
Jury selection will continue in Ramsey County District Court Tuesday morning. The Pioneer Press says the trial is expected to last three weeks.