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“ ‘Well, Keri Anne, I thought I knew her,’ ” he said, according to her testimony. “ ‘I loved her.’ ”
“I asked him why he was talking about my sister in the past tense,” Steger said, her voice straining with so much emotion that she had to repeat the sentence. “He got very upset.”
Cut to the bone
In presenting the first arguments for the defense, Conard told jurors that autopsy results show that someone used a sharp blade to cut Kira Steger to the bone above her left eyebrow and that she was alive when the wound was inflicted. Such an injury would have bled “cups and cups” of blood, he said.
An abrasion in her mouth showed that she could have been smothered, and it appears that someone snapped one of her fingers back during an apparent attack, Conard added.
Meanwhile, Matthew Roff, who lived with Steger and Trevino and was home Feb. 21, testified that he didn’t see or hear anything unusual inside the house that day.
The prosecution and defense are also set to clash on forensic evidence about the contents of Steger’s stomach that will be presented later.
Steger had dinner with Trevino the last day she was seen alive, Feb. 21, and ate sushi and lamb meatballs, which would have been digested in five to seven hours, Johnson told jurors. But fish was found in her stomach, he said.
Conard, however, argued that Steger’s small and large intestines were clean, indicating a more complete digestion.
That widens the window of time Steger could have been killed, and accommodates Trevino’s story to police that she left between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 22 to run errands.
Prosecutors believe she was likely killed between 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. that day.
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