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Updated: 09/24/2013 7:34 AM
Created: 09/23/2013 12:18 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Cassie Hart

Mall Guard: Kira Steger’s Car was Bloody

Testimony in the murder trial of Jeffery Trevino will continue Tuesday.

Thirty-nine-year-old Trevino is accused of killing his wife, Kira Steger. The case drew a lot of attention after she went missing back in February; her body was found more than two months later in the Mississippi River.

Video footage from a neighbor's surveillance camera was shown by prosecutors Monday. It captured multiple cars coming and going from their east St. Paul home in the early morning hours the day Steger went missing. An airport taxi was seen pulling up to the home, and a man was seen walking to the home. Prosecutors believe Trevino took a cab home after he murdered his wife.

Investigators found blood-stained shoes in the home.

A few days later, Steger's white Chevy Cobalt was found at a parking ramp at Mall of America.

A Mall of America security guard, who ticketed the vehicle for being parked at the parking ramp for more than 48 hours, testified Monday morning. The security guard notified a tow company, and the guard and the tow-truck driver were the first to open the doors of Steger's car. They found what appeared to be blood stains inside the trunk. The security guard also found a trunk liner tossed over the ramp and onto the snow, which he says also had stains on it.

St. Paul police officers processed the scene. Three officers from the Forensic Services Unit testified about the DNA and blood samples they found inside the car.

Steger's Social Security card and two insurance cards were found inside the vehicle, along with at least five bags and luggage packed with Steger's clothes. Blank divorce forms were also found inside the vehicle.

Trevino believed his wife was having an affair. Those suspicions were confirmed when Steger's former boss, at a clothing store she worked at, testified Monday. He said he started having an affair with Steger in the middle of February, around the time she went missing.

Prosecutors say on the day Trevino's wife was murdered, he played video games with a friend and bought cleaning supplies.

The murder trial resumes Tuesday.


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