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Minnesota appeals court denies man's challenges to conviction in wife's death


ST. PAUL, Minnesota — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a St. Paul man found guilty of killing his wife and dumping her body in the Mississippi River.

Forty-one-year-old Jeffery Trevino had challenged his conviction. Jurors convicted Trevino in October 2013 of second-degree unintentional murder in the killing of 30-year-old Kira Steger (STEG'-ur).

Trevino's attorney argued the conviction should be reversed, that Trevino should get a new trial, and that his 27-year prison sentence should be reduced.

But the Star Tribune ( ) reports the appeals court ruled Monday that the evidence supported the conviction.

Steger, who grew up near Wausau, Wisconsin, was last seen alive on a date night with Trevino at the Mall of America on Feb. 21, 2013. Her body was discovered in the Mississippi the following May.

Information from: Star Tribune,

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