Jeffrey Trevino found guilty of unintentionally murdering wife, Kira

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Jeffrey Trevino
:::: UPDATE :::: Jeffrey Trevino jurors went "back and forth on convicting him of anything"

Today, a Ramsey County jury convicted Jeffrey Trevino of a count of second-degree murder without intent to kill in connection with the death of his wife, Kira.

THE BACKSTORY: Jeffrey Trevino's attorney raises possibility Kira was murdered during pot deal gone awry

Trevino was found not guilty, however, of a separate charge of murder with intent to kill. As WCCO explains, this means the jury "found that Trevino did kill his wife but that it wasn't his plan." In other words, jurors ruled he intended to harm but not kill her during an assault sometime during the overnight hours of February 21-22. (Kira's body was found in May.)

During the murder trial, prosecutors argued Jeffrey's motive was the rage he felt about Kira having an affair as their marriage fell apart. Trevino's defense countered that the evidence against him was nothing more than circumstantial and raised the possibility Kira was killed during a drug deal gone awry (see link above).

Fox 9 had a reporter at the courtroom as the verdict was announced: KARE's Boua Xiong reports Trevino will be sentenced November 25. He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.

Meanwhile, some, such as MPR's Bob Collins, questioned the rationale behind the jury's conclusion that Jeffrey didn't mean to kill his wife: WCCO producer Tracy Perlman explained it thusly: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

Way to go Jeffrey. Instead of being a douchebag who gets walked all over by your wife, make sure no other man can have her, no matter the cost. You're still a douchebag, but you certainly showed her who's boss, and all you have to pay for it is years in prison. #TweetsAreYours

Allison Gumm Lester
Allison Gumm Lester

There is a difference in sentencing between 1st and 2nd degree murder. All the evidence, in my opinion, shows Trevino thoughtfully planned the murder and disposal of his wife.

Allison Gumm Lester
Allison Gumm Lester

Very sad. Just another woman murdered because "If I can't have her, no other will".

James Steiner
James Steiner

unintentional ? beating this poor girl so bloody it's all over his house and then dumping her body in the river like a piece of trash? Telling no one were she is for 3 months the dope should have been hung after the verdict in the back of the courthouse

TheAshLo
TheAshLo

@Salencita seriously! So sad, he tried to get rid of all evidence, even her body. Horrible and sad.

CDS830
CDS830

@Partray Does this mean you are a big deal & too good to talk to me now? :)

SueLantto
SueLantto

@atrupar Advocates hear this all the time. "He nearly killed you." "No, he'd never go that far."

Lynn Gehrls
Lynn Gehrls

I don't understand people's disappointment in the verdict. It's 2nd degree murder. Not manslaughter. Simply put-- 1st degree murder has intent ie: plan of action, intention 2nd degree is still murder. But done without the predetermined plan of action. The prosecutors did a great job to get this conviction. When it comes to 1st degree vs 2nd degree murder--the jail time is usually the same (life long)

David James
David James

Wonder why some people think they can do whatever they want?

Beverly Gores
Beverly Gores

-Found guilty but without intent to kill??? How in the world does the jury know what was in his head. Not only did he not take the stand, but the defense called no witnesses.

Nathan Hoffmann
Nathan Hoffmann

2nd degree unintentional murder....not simply 'murder'

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