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Continued: Trevino bristled at help finding missing wife

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 20, 2013 - 10:05 PM

Trevino was “hesitant, but he agreed,” Mix told the court. He also said Trevino ­complained about the Facebook post.

“He thought it was being blown out of proportion,” Mix testified.

Johnson asked if Trevino used that phrasing. Yes, Mix said.

Blood evidence

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 were 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.

Chao Xiong • 612-270-4708

Twitter: @ChaoStrib

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  • trevino case timeline

    Early Feb.: Jeffery Trevino borrows a carpet cleaner from Kira Steger’s mother, who lives in Wisconsin.

    Feb. 21: Steger has dinner and goes bowling with Trevino at the Mall of America, where she worked. She texts another man she is romantically linked to as he is traveling through South Dakota en route to Colorado.

    Steger and Trevino go home and watch a movie while their roommate is downstairs in the basement. It is the last time she is seen alive.

    Feb. 22: Steger fails to show up at the gym, a tanning salon or at work. She doesn’t make a scheduled phone call for a job interview.

    Feb. 23: Steger does not show up for work.

    Feb. 24: Trevino reports Steger missing to police at 10:25 a.m. and notifies her family.

    Feb. 25: Police find Steger’s car in a Mall of America ramp. Her blood is found in the trunk. Her purse and divorce papers are also recovered.

    Authorities search the couple’s St. Paul home and find alleged blood evidence and alleged signs of a cover-up. Steger’s blood is found inside her mother’s carpet cleaner.

    Feb. 26: Trevino is arrested.

    Feb. 28: Trevino is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in his wife’s disappearance.

    March 16: Steger’s grandfather finds a bag containing a bloody pillow, a pillowcase, a sports bra, a shirt and a sponge at Keller Lake, about a mile northeast of the couple’s house. Steger’s DNA is identified on the pillow.

    April 2: A resident finds Steger’s driver’s license in a ditch near Edgerton Street and Koehler Road in Vadnais Heights, about 4½ miles north of the couple’s house.

    May 8: A barge mechanic finds Steger’s body in the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul, about five miles south of the couple’s house. It is so badly decomposed it is identified via dental records.

    Sept. 16: Trevino’s murder trial starts with jury selection.

    Domestic abuse victims can call the 24-hour hot line, Day One, for help: 1-866-223-1111.

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