Testimony: Trevino Concerned About Missing Wife's 'Stuff'

Updated: 09/27/2013 10:07 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda



Jeffery Trevino
Jeffery Trevino
Photo: Photo: Ramsey County Sheriff's Office

A retired St. Paul police sergeant took the stand Friday in the Jeffery Trevino murder trial.

Trevino, 39, of St. Paul, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in Ramsey County District Court.

Retired Sgt. John Wright questioned Trevino after his wife Kira Steger, 30, went missing.

Wright said Trevino wanted to know what he should "do" with his wife's stuff just after she went missing. Trevino asked the sergeant the question twice the Sunday Trevino reported his wife missing, according to Wright's testimony. The officer replied, maybe she'll be back.

So far in the trial there has been plenty of circumstantial evidence, but there are no eyewitnesses. Prosecutors are fighting hard to find the link that's good enough for the jury to tie Trevino to the crime.

The trial generating buzz throughout the legal community.

"I think they have a lot of physical evidence. They just can't stick it to somebody." said David McCormick, a lawyer not connected to the case.

But that may have started to change on Friday. Prosecutors introduced a receipt found in Steger's car amidst blood stained evidence. It came from a cash machine Jeffery Trevino was seen using the morning after Kira's disappearance.  

Wright testified although Trevino had told them about multiple stops to that gas station the night of and morning after Kira was last seen, "he never told us about that trip."

Trevino also shopped at an Ecko store the day before his wife disappeared, according to testimony. A sweatshirt that Trevino bought was later shown in surveillance videos from the case.

"By saying not guilty, you're not necessarily saying 'I didn't do it.' You're saying 'prove it," said McCormick. McCormick has practiced as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He doesn't believe Trevino will testify. Monday is the deadline for Trevino to decide weather to testify.

"Is this guy really going to be able to explain the hoodie, the cab ride, the gas, the blood in the trunk, the lights going on and off in the middle of the night?"

On Tuesday, closing arguments are expected to start, along with jury deliberation.

The case drew attention from the community after Steger went missing in February. Her body was found in the Mississippi River in May.

The Steger family has said they're ready to have a proper funeral for their daughter once investigators release her body and belongings at the end of the trial.

Warning, the criminal complaint contains graphic content. A criminal complaint detailing the case is available here.