Trevino pleads not guilty to wife's murder as searches continue for body

10:44 AM, Mar 31, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A judge has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a St. Paul man charged with killing his wife, who remains missing.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jeffrey Trevino appeared in Ramsey County District Court on Friday on second-degree murder charges. Wearing an orange jumpsuit, Jeffery remained silent throughout the proceedings and made eye contact only with the judge.

Trevino's attorney, John Conard, asked for the prosecutor to turn over more documents related to the case.

"Documents exist that I don't have," said Conard, adding that he needs to verify statements made in the criminal complaint.

The prosecutor said that Conard had all of the closed files, and he would make others available once the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension completed forensic testing.

The judge found probable cause to let the case proceed, and acknowledged Conard's request for a speedy trial. A trial date has not yet been set.

Kira's family, including her mother, father and sister, were in the courtroom during the hearing.

Thirty-year-old Kira Trevino was last seen alive leaving the Mall of America on Feb. 21. Her car was found abandoned there. The criminal complaint says investigators found large amounts of blood in their home.

Relatives and other volunteers continued searching Friday at Keller Lake in Maplewood, drilling holes in the ice as they try to find her body. Kira Trevino's DNA was on a bloody pillow found in the area earlier this month.

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