Jeffery Trevino murder trial starts Monday

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jeffery Trevino's trial starts Monday with jury selection, which is expected to take up to two days.

Trevino is accused of murdering his wife Kira Steger. In late February, he reported her missing to police. Four days later he was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Authorities found blood in her car and their home, but it took three months before her body would be found in the Mississippi River. Trevino has pleaded not guilty.

Melvin Welch is a criminal defense attorney with Appelman Law Firm. He says the burden of proof is on the state.

"The state's going to get out there and lay it all out. This is the evidence," he said.

Prosecutors have a lot of ammunition. The criminal complaint paints a picture of an unhappy couple. In it, friends tell police Trevino was suspicious of Steger and frequently checked up on her. Meanwhile, Steger was trying to leave her husband. She even had divorce papers downloaded from the internet in her purse, according to the complaint.

But Welch said the defense could come out swinging.

"The defense's jobs then in their opening statements is going to be to make sure that they point out the different issues that will not be coming up ... Evidence that's coming in may have issues with its reliability," Welch said.

Trevino has remained silent, but Welch predicts he may break that vow during the trial.

"It would certainly help his case if he does speak and if what he says is consistent and logical and introduces a plausible explanation that would give the state a big burden they would have to overcome," he said.

If he's found guilty, Trevino could face up to 40 years in prison.

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