After 7 1/2 hours of deliberations Tuesday, the jury of 8 men and 4 women reconvened Wednesday morning to decide the fate of Jeffery Trevino. On Wednesday afternoon, jurors asked a question of the judge.
The question from the jury was kept secret, but the answer delivered by the judge at 4 p.m. was, "Yes, those are all possible combinations."
Family members of Jeffery Trevino and Kira Steger were both in court to hear the question.
So far, the jurors have spent a total of 15 hours deliberating their verdict.
The jury must return with a unanimous verdict to the two counts of second-degree murder against Trevino in the death of his wife, Kira Steger, last February. Jurors will be sequestered until they reach a verdict, meaning they don't go home until there's a consensus.
Deliberations resumed just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to the judge's clerk.
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Prosecutors argued Trevino killed Kira Steger in a jealous rage, but the defense tried to poke holes in the forensic evidence. With tension running high on both sides, friends and family packed the courtroom for Tuesday morning's closing arguments.
"The only thing I can say is that I feel sorry for both families because Kira did very much love the Trevino family," said Kira's father, Jay Steger. "I feel sorry for both families right now. No matter the outcome."
"It's very, very, very difficult," said Marcie Steger, Kira's mother. "Nothing I would wish on anyone. Ever."
Prosecutors closed out their case first, meticulously going over the timeline from Kira Steger's disappearance after a date night with her husband on Thursday, Feb. 21. She had been texting throughout the evening with a boyfriend from work. She wanted out of the marriage, and Jeffery Trevino had had enough. Blood in the house was evidence of a vicious assault.
"This was an intentional act," Ramsey County prosecutor Rick Dusterhoft told the jury. "Violent. Intimate. Up close. That tells you something about who did this."
Trevino's defense attorney, John Conard, continued to try to poke holes in the prosecution's case, attempting to raise reasonable doubt at every turn.
Blood evidence in the house was minimal, he argued. Critical surveillance video didn't necessarily show his client. He also raised the possibility that the bloodied pillow believed to be the murder weapon had actually been planted at Keller Lake, and disputed how long Kira's body might actually have been in the Mississippi River.
Conard's last words to the jury were "Jeff didn't do this, and they haven't proven that he did. He isn't guilty."
12 impartial jurors will make that determination.
"I hope they can take all the evidence they've been given and make an educated decision," Jay Steger said.
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