A Minnesota man was found guilty yesterday on the lesser of two charges in the murder of his wife who was from the Wausau area.
Jurors deliberated for 17 hours over two days before finding 39-year-old Jeffery Trevino guilty of second-degree unintentional murder in the February killing of Kira Steger. He was found innocent on the more serious count of intentional second-degree murder. Trevino could get up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced November 25th.
Jurors told reporters they had doubts of whether Trevino intended to kill the 30-year-old Steger during a fight in their Saint Paul apartment. Brandon Wilson said he and his fellow jurors believed that Trevino pushed a pillow on Steger's head to quiet her down -- and not kill her. Earlier testimony indicated that Steger might have been smothered. Rachel Abraham said she and other jurors could only speculate on what actually happened in the couple's bedroom just before Steger disappeared. Still, Wilson said the time-frame was so tight that Trevino was the only one who could have been involved in the killing. Prosecutors said Steger was planning to leave him for another man.
Testimony indicated Trevino was hoping to patch up their marriage during a date in which she kept texting her lover. She disappeared later that night, and her body was found in the Mississippi River in early May.