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TREVINO TRIAL: Jury deliberates until 9 p.m. Tuesday

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The murder trial of Jeffery Trevino is in the hands of the jury. The group of eight men and four women will be sequestered until they can reach a unanimous verdict. 

Deliberations continued until 9 p.m. Tuesday -- 12 hours after closing statements began -- with no verdict. The jury will reconvene at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Trevino is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing his 30-year-old wife, Kira Steger, and dumping her body into the Mississippi River.

HEARTBREAKING, NO MATTER THE OUTCOME

On his way out of the courthouse Tuesday, Kira's father said he has put his faith in the jury and that he feels heartbroken for both families affected by this case.

"I hope they can take all the evidence they've been given and make an educated decision," Jay Steger said. "The only thing I can say is that I feel sorry for both families because Kira did very much love the Trevino family. I feel sorry for both families right now. No matter the outcome."

'HE IS GUILTY'

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.

"This was an intentional act," said Ramsey County Attorney Rick Dusterhoft. "Violent. Intimate. Up close. That tells you something about who did this."

Prosecutors wrapped their 75 minute closing argument with one clear statement: "He is guilty. There is no room in the timeline for anyone else to have done it."

'JEFF DIDN'T DO THIS'

Jeffery Trevino's defense attorney, John Conard, continued to try to poke holes in the state'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. The possibility that the bloodied pillow believed to be the murder weapon had actually been planted at Keller Lake.

Conard's last words to the jury: "Jeff didn't do this, and they haven't proven that he did. He isn't guilty."

Conard, surprised the courtroom Monday when he announced he wasn't going to call a single witness. Conard told FOX 9 "it seems like the government proved my case quite handily."

"(The prosecution) must connect all the dots," Conard said. "The burden is on the prosecution to connect all the circumstantial dots to (Trevino)."

DRUG DEALER THEORY


One issue jurors will have to weigh as they begin deliberations -- a small $20 bag of marijuana found in Kira Steger's abandoned car at Mall of America. The defense has suggested that her presumed drug buying would have put her at risk, and may have led to her brutal death.

Prosecutors spent time in Tuesday's closing arguments dispelling the drug dealer theory, calling it "complete nonsense."

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