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“He thought it was being blown out of proportion,” Mix testified.
Johnson asked if Trevino used that phrasing. Yes, Mix said.
The presence of blood in the home — and whose it was — will become a key issue. Trevino’s 15-year-old daughter testified Friday that she sometimes has two to three nosebleeds a week if the air is dry. Authorities have said large amounts of blood was found in the East Side house.
She said that she has bled in her father’s home, but not in the bedroom, where authorities say they found blood.
The teen said she saw her dad clean the kitchen on Feb. 23 in preparation for moving out by April 1. She testified that she did not see him using a carpet cleaner or cleaning other rooms. Authorities allege that Trevino cleaned up the crime scene.
Kelly Hervin, a civilian criminalist with the St. Paul police, also testified about surveillance video and stills taken from a strip mall where Trevino put gas in Steger’s car and his own car on Feb. 22.
Hervin testified that Steger’s white car, allegedly driven by Trevino, turned left onto Larpenteur around 2:10 a.m., and that a car matching Trevino’s maroon SUV turned right out of the same lot at 8:07 a.m.
Prosecutors have told jurors that turning right is the quickest way to the couple’s home, and turning left heads toward Interstate 35E, implying that Steger’s body could have been inside her own car that morning. Testimony resumes Monday.
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