Trevino murder trial pushed back

9:44 PM, Jul 1, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The murder trial of Jeffery Trevino has been pushed back to mid-September to allow attorneys time to go over new evidence.

Trevino is charged in the death of his wife Kira Steger, whose body was pulled from the Mississippi River in early May. Trevino had reported her missing on February 24, but police immediately became suspicious of his story. Investigators found evidence of a murder scene in the couple's home, including large amounts of blood and signs of a coverup.

During Monday's court appearance Jeffery Trevino waived his right to a speedy trial. The Judge granted that request and ruled that the trial will begin Sept. 16

Attorneys for both the defense and prosecution said they needed more time in light of DNA and phone records evidence that are critical to the timing if events in the case.

Judge Leonardo Castro also ruled Monday that the jury can hear, with some restrictions, from friends of Trevino's wife. Those witnesses say she talked to them about her crumbling marriage to Trevino in the days and weeks leading up to her disappearance in February.

An additional motions hearing has been set for August 16th.

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