Trevino Murder Trial Delayed 2 Months after Discovery of Body

Updated: 01/29/2015 11:41 AM By: Maricella Miranda

Jeffery and Kira Trevino
Jeffery and Kira Trevino
Photo: KSTP File Photo

The murder trial against Jeffery Trevino will be delayed by two months after the body of his wife, Kira Trevino, was found in the Mississippi River Wednesday, May 8.

His trial now will start on July 22, and all evidence and DNA analysis needs to be in by June 21.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jeffery Trevino's family was in court Wednesday after they flew in from Arkansas. KSTP Reporter Kate Renner reports that when Trevino walked into the courtroom handcuffed he didn't even glance their way. His family declined to comment on the case.

On the other side of the courtroom sat Kira's family, the Steger family, and they didn't want to comment, either.

Earlier this week, new details emerged about the disappearance of 30-year-old Kira Trevino.

An amended criminal complaint against Jeffery Trevino reveals that Kira Trevino was dating a man from Maple Grove when she went missing.

According to the complaint:

Kira and Jeffery Trevino went to dinner Feb. 21 - the last day Trevino was seen alive - at the Mall of America, where she worked. The couple also bowled. During that time, Kira Trevino had exchanged numerous text messages with the man she was seeing.

The romantic relationship was evident in the texts, police reported.

Kira Trevino had told family and friends that she was contemplating divorce. She planned to move out of her home - without Jeffery Trevino - when the lease expired in April. She also said that Jeffery Trevino "didn't get it" and kept trying to find ways to stay together.

The couple lived at 570 E. Iowa St. in St. Paul.

Jeffery Trevino told friends that he had no plans to move out of their home because he hoped to reconcile with his wife. He also said he'd been checking up on Kira Trevino by driving by her gym and checking her credit card statements.

Jeffery Trevino reported his wife missing Feb. 24. He said they returned from the mall and watched a movie and she fell asleep. She left the house at about 8:30 a.m. the next day, he told police. He also called Kira Trevino's mother about her disappearance.

When more police arrived at the couple's home, Jeffery Trevino asked them what he should do with his wife's belongings in the home.

Surveillance video showed Jeffery Trevino putting gas in his wife's car at about 2:13 a.m. Feb. 22 at a station near their house. He was later seen returning to the gas station, where he bought gas for his vehicle at about 8 a.m. that day.

In the days after Feb. 21, Kira Trevino missed work and a new job interview. She also didn't go to the gym, the tanning salon, or use her cell phone after Feb. 21.

Police found Kira Trevino's vehicle Feb 25 at the Mall of America parking lot. Her blood was found in the trunk. A trunk liner with her blood was found near the vehicle. Her purse was found in the vehicle, along with blank court divorce forms.

When Kira Trevino's coworker told Jeffery Trevino about the vehicle being found, he seemed calm and unconcerned, she told police. He also wasn't happy that her disappearance was all over Facebook. He told her that his wife missing was being blown out of proportions.

On Feb. 22, surveillance video from a neighbor near the couple's home recorded Kira Trevino's vehicle leaving their home at about 9 a.m. Surveillance video at the mall also showed her vehicle entering the ramp and a person walking from the car toward a taxi.

The taxi's GPS recorded the person going to the Trevinos' home in St. Paul.

A police search of the couple's home Feb. 25 revealed several freshly washed towels, bleach-stained towels, and blood on the couple's mattress box spring and carpet. Some of the blood tested positive to belonging to Kira Trevino. Jeffery Trevino's blood was also found.

In Jeffery Trevino's vehicle, police found the address for the man Kira Trevino was romantically involved with.

The couple's roommate, who lived downstairs at their home, told police that he didn't hear anything suspicious on the night of Feb. 21. He saw the couple watching a movie at about 9 or 10 p.m., he said. He went to work the next morning.

During a search in March for Kira Trevino, her grandfather found a bag containing a bloody pillow, pillow case, sports bra, shirt and sponge at Keller Regional Park in Maplewood, near the couple's home. The blood matched Kira Trevino's DNA.

In April, a resident cleaning debris from a ditch in Vadnais Heights found Kira Trevino's driver's license. The home is about 4 miles from the couple's house.

Kira Trevino's remains were found last week in the Mississippi River in between Robert Street and U.S. Highway 52 in St. Paul. The location is about 5 miles south of the couple's home.

Her body had a cut above her left eye, injury to her upper lip, a broken index finger and cuts to her liver, the complaint said. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner determined that the cause of Kira Trevino's death was homicide.

The discovery of Kira Trevino's body led to the amended criminal complaint against Jeffery Trevino, charging him with two counts of second-degree murder in her death.

Jeffery Trevino's next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.