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Jury begins deliberations Tuesday in Jeffrey Trevino murder trial

Jeffrey Trevino & Kira Steger
Jeffrey Trevino & Kira Steger

ST. PAUL, MN (WTAQ) - A jury in Minnesota could decide today whether Jeffrey Trevino is guilty or innocent of killing his wife, who's from the Wausau area.  

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Ramsey County Circuit Court in St. Paul. 

That's where the 39-year-old Trevino is accused of killing his 30-year-old wife Kira Steger in February. Her body wasn't found until early May in the Mississippi River. 

Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases Monday. Trevino refused to testify, and the defense did not call any other witnesses. 

Earlier Monday, prosecutors tried to refute a defense claim that Steger's use of marijuana might have helped cause her death. 

Retired St. Paul police sergeant John Wright testified that a bag of pot was found in Steger's purse inside her abandoned car -- but he said the value of the drug was "minimal," perhaps around $20.

Defense lawyer John Conard tried but failed to get the charges dropped. He said prosecutors failed to prove their case and relied on a, "urban legend that the husband always does it."

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