Kira Steger's father reacts to Day 2 of Trevino trial

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Video: Jeffery Trevino trial continues

Kira Steger

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Day two of the Trevino murder trial is in the books and prosecutors got through another 11 witnesses as they build their case around a failed marriage.

Jeffery Trevino is charged with killing his wife Kira Steger in February. Her body was later found in the Mississippi River.

Jay Steger, Kira's father who was been in the courthouse for jury selection and the trial all week long, talked to KARE 11 after the court recessed for the weekend.

"It's very difficult, but we expected that. We expected the defense to come out with their tactics like the defense does and we were ready for it, and I think our family's handling it really well. Positive. We have a positive attitude that things are going well and justice will prevail," he said.

The first witness of the day was the couple's former roommate Matt Roff, who was at the home on the last night Steger was last seen alive.

He told the court he's a heavy sleeper and that he never heard the couple's dog or any signs of a disturbance. Defense attorney John Conard questioned Roff about how he would often wake up in the middle of the night when he heard Steger come home prior to the time she was reported missing.

A number of Steger's close friends from Wausau, Wis. took the stand and explained that they had conversations with the defendant on the day Trevino reported his wife missing. They say he was extremely agitated and angry about a Facebook post detailing the fact that Kira was missing, saying they were blowing it all "out of proportion."

Also taking the stand on day two was the 15-year-old daughter of Jeffery Trevino from another relationship. She told jurors about the weekend Steger was reported missing and she also said she was extremely close with Kira.

Defense attorney John Conard aggressively questioned a St. Paul Police Criminologist about surveillance video obtained from a gas station near the couple's home showing both the couples vehicles and the defendant on the night in question. Conard questioned the quality of the video.

Prosecutors detailed both the gas station surveillance video and video from Mall of America security cameras, taking jurors through the timeline and sequence of events, down to the minute, on the weekend Steger was reported missing.

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