TREVINO TRIAL: Closing arguments potentially slated for Tuesday - KMSP-TV

TREVINO TRIAL: Closing arguments could come Tuesday

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

As the prosecution interviews final witnesses in the murder trial of Jeffery Trevino, more details are unraveling about how the trial will play out in the coming days.

Trevino, 39, faces two counts of second-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Kira Steger, whose body was pulled from the Mississippi on May 8 after she went missing in late February.

Prosecutors Andrew Johnson and Rick Dusterhoft reached their final witness on Thursday after over 40 people have taken the stand over the last seven days including Kira Steger's mother, her sisters, her roommate, police and forensic experts.

Soon the case will be in the hands of defense attorney John Conard, and District Court Judge Leonardo Castro has given him until Monday to decide whether or not to place Jeffery Trevino on the stand.

Closing arguments are preliminarily slated for Tuesday as Judge Castro told jurors to pack their bags as they'll be sequestered once they begin deliberations, which means no one goes home until there is a unanimous verdict.


Wednesday's proceedings opened with a quick testimony from the barge maintenance worker who spotted the remains of Kira Steger in the Mississippi River on May 8.

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Blood evidence was at the heart of testimony on Tuesday in the murder trial of Jeffery Trevino, which focused on analysis from a Minnesota BCA forensic scientist.

During the cross-examination, Trevino's defense attorney, John Conard, argued that the blood tests entered as evidence were preliminary field blood tests and were not 100 percent blood matches. Conard also attacked the science, arguing that blood testing is hypersensitive to items other than blood.

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Follow FOX 9's Paul Blume on Twitter @PaulBlume_FOX9 for live updates from the courtroom.

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