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Jury selection expected to go longer in Trevino trial

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

ST. PAUL, MN (WTAQ) - It will take longer than expected to pick a jury for the trial of Jeffrey Trevino, the Minnesota man accused of killing his wife from the Wausau area. 

Three men and one woman have been named to Trevino's jury in St. Paul. Five candidates were rejected. Others were being questioned Tuesday afternoon by attorneys on both sides. 

About 30 people were sent home for the day -- and they'll be called for questioning Wednesday. Jury selection was expected to take two days, but there will be at least a third. 

Trevino is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the beating death of 30-year-old Kira Steger Trevino. She went missing in late February, and her body was found in the Mississippi River in St. Paul in early May. 

Potential jurors were asked how much media coverage they remember about the case -- particularly a report about the blood found inside the Trevinos' rental home. 

Authorities have cited an apparent effort by Jeffrey Trevino to hide evidence in the case. Trevino's DNA was found in a carpet cleaning machine. 

Attorneys expect to seat a jury of 14, with two alternates. Twelve will be chosen after the testimony to decide Trevino's fate. 

The trial is expected to last about three weeks.

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