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Testimony begins Thursday in Trevino murder trial

Jeffrey Trevino  (properly sized)
Jeffrey Trevino (properly sized)

ST. PAUL, MN (WTAQ) - Prosecutors say the murder of a Wausau area native was all about rage, jealousy, and deception by her husband in a marriage that was on the rocks. 

Testimony began Thursday in the trial of Jeffrey Trevino, who's charged with killing his wife Kira at their home in St. Paul Minnesota in February. 

Ramsey County prosecutor Andrew Johnson told jurors that Kira wanted to separate -- but he didn't want to let her go while she was having an affair. Johnson said over 150 small spots of blood evidence were found on the couple's box spring on their bed. 

Defense lawyer John Conard said "less than a thimble" of Kira Steger Trevino's blood was found in the house. He said the couple lived in a rental home with dirty and stained carpets throughout. 

Kira's sister, two co-workers, and a waitress testified for the prosecution Thursday. They said Kira became unhappy with her marriage late last year -- and the waitress said the couple appeared "awkward" when she served them dinner. 

Kira went missing in late February. Her body was found in early May in the Mississippi River. 

Her husband's trial is expected to run for at least two more weeks.

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