ST. PAUL, Minn. - An amended criminal complaint in the murder of Kira Steger was filed by Ramsey County prosecutors on Tuesday.
Jeffery Trevino will still face a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, but the case has changed since Kira's body was found on May 8 in the Mississippi River in St. Paul.
The complaint said that Trevino and Steger had given notice to their landlord in January that they were moving out of their rental home on April 1. Friends were aware that the couple had planned to split up and Steger had been looking for an apartment on her own.
The complaint also said that Steger and Trevino were together at the Mall of America on the night of Feb. 21, the nigth that Steger was last seen. They had dinner and spent some time at the bowling alley in the mall. Police said that during that time period Steger had exchanged numerous text messages with a man who was on traveling through South Dakota on his way to Colorado. The man and Steger were romantically involved, something that would have been evident from the text messages, the complaint said.
The complaint said that in addition to a bloodied truck liner, that police also found Steger's purse in the vehicle along with blank divorce forms that were apparently downloaded from the internet.
Kira's body was examined by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. The medical examiner determined that her cause of death was homicide and that the manner of her death was "homicidal violence."
She suffered injuries to her body including a laceration just above her left eye, an injury to her upper lip, a broken index finger and lacerations to her liver.
Her body was found after months of searching by police and volunteers, when a barge mechanic noticed what he believed to be a human shoulder in debris floating in the Mississippi river between Robert Street and Highway 52.
The St. Paul Fire Department recovered Kira's decomposed body from the river, which had to be identified using dental records, according to the complaint.
Additional investigative work in the investigation is ongoing, prosecutors said.
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