Trevino won't testify, defense to rest case

11:05 AM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The defense attorney for the St. Paul man accused in the brutal murder of his wife will rest his case late Monday morning. 

A KARE 11 producer covering the murder trial of Jeffery Trevino heard defense attorney John Conard discussing his plan in the hallway outside a Ramsey County courtroom.

Earlier Monday Conard revealed that Trevino would not testify in his own defense. The defendant was questioned by the judge and confirmed that the decision was his.

Conard also submitted a motion to dismiss case as legally insufficient, calling all testimony in the beating death of Trevino's wife Kira Steger circumstantial. The defense maintains that all we really know is how Steger died, not who did it or where. Conard says lab testing was insufficient, and that prosecutors can't even prove the murder took place in their bedroom. 

"I'm not sure they can prove... where she met her demise is even in Ramsey county," Conard argued. "This is a circumstantial case."

Prosecutors obviously disagree, saying they've proved the marriage was in deep trouble, that she was brutally murdered, and point to the blood evidence found in her bedroom and car. 

After listening to both sides the Judge denied the defense motion to dismiss, saying the jury will decide this case.

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