ST. PAUL, Minn. - Jurors are behind closed doors Tuesday afternoon, deciding the fate of accused murderer Jeffery Trevino.
The 12 person jury, made up of eight men and four women, got the case after closing arguments wrapped up around 12:30 p.m. Trevino is accused of killing his wife and disposing of her body in the Mississippi River.
Prosecutors opened the proceedings Tuesday morning with a one hour closing statement that focused on the timeline of the death of Kira Steger, her suffocation and Trevino's alleged cover-up. Prosecutors also attacked a storyline introduced by the defense last Friday that intimated that Steger may have been killed by her drug dealer.
On Monday prosecutors made a motion to introduce testimony that Steger actually got her marijuana from a neighbor, someone she knew and trusted, but the judge in the case did not allow it.
Trevino's defense team countered by blasting the prosecution's case, saying the burden of proof lay on them. "Jeff didn't do this. They have to prove that he did," defense attorney John Conard told the jury. "He isn't guilty, that's why the cant prove it."
Conard also reminded jury members that the cab driver who allegedly picked Trevino up at the Mall of America after investigators say he dropped her car there could not pick the defendant out of a lineup.
The defense also took a shot at a cornerstone of the prosecution's case, saying "DNA is insignificant in this case."
Investigators say Trevino killed his wife in February after a date night because he feared she would leave him. The prosecution has painted the picture of a failed, crumbling marriage that Steger was trying to escape. Their case, while circumstantial, is built on blood evidence found inside the couple's St. Paul home and Kira's car, and a tight timeline that includes surveillance videotape.
The defense wrapped its case up Monday without calling a single witness, maintaining that the case against Trevino is circumstantial, and that the evidence introduced by prosecutors is not strong enough to convict him.
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