A sheriff’s deputy testifying in the trial of a Minnesota man who killed two teens when they broke into his house on Thanksgiving Day 2012 testified Friday that Byron Smith had told him just weeks earlier that he wanted to catch the people who had been burglarizing his home.
A jury has found Jeffery Trevino guilty of second-degree murder, but not guilty of second-degree murder with intent in the death of his wife, Kira Steger. The jurors found that Trevino did kill his wife but that it wasn’t his plan. They say her death happened during his attack.
The trial for Jeffery Trevino, the St. Paul man accused of killing his wife, Kira Steger, resumed Monday. Jurors heard from Ryan Wendt, the man with whom Steger was having an affair. Wendt, Steger’s manager at Delia’s, testified that their friendship turned romantic about a month before she died. He said he knew she was married and their relationship was ending, though they didn’t discuss their relationships. Steger told him she was separating from Trevino.
Police found the body of 45-year-old reporter Ruth Anne Maddox in her condo’s garage in November 2008. Her husband, 45-year-old Charles Maddox Jr., admitted killing her but said he did it in self-defense.
It looks as if the murder trial for a man accused of stabbing his brother to death will have to be moved outside of Jackson County.