Trevino murder trial postponed, prosecution awaits full autopsy


Prosecutors told a Ramsey County judge Wednesday that they needed more time to analyze evidence in Kira Steger's murder, which pushed back Jeffery Trevino's trial to July 22.

Steger, 30, has been publicly referred to by the last name Trevino, but the Ramsey County Attorney's Office is calling her by her legal name which is Kira Steger, the Pioneer Press reports.

Trevino's trial date was originally scheduled for May 28, but prosecutors argued that the medical examiner needed six weeks to make a complete report of Steger's body and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension would need four weeks to complete its analysis of other evidence.

Defense attorney John Conrad challenged the prosecution's request for more time, according to the Star Tribune.

"They’re picking and choosing and creating the delay themselves," Conrad said.

Several of Steger's family and friends at the hearing wore T-shirts that read: "You will always be remembered," with "Kira" on a green bow.

Steger's body was recovered from the Mississippi River last Thursday.

Her husband, 39-year-old Trevino, was charged in late February with two counts of second-degree murder based on the large amount of blood found in Steger’s car and at the house the couple shared in St. Paul.

An amended criminal complaint filed Tuesday continues to build the case against Trevino.

The updated charges say a purse found inside Steger's car contained blank divorce papers and cell phone records indicate that Steger texted a man she "had seen romantically" on Feb. 21, the last day she was seen alive.

The address of that same man was later found written on something inside Trevino's car, according to the complaint.

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