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

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Jurors say the decision to convict Jeffrey of Kira's murder wasn't an easy one.
Yesterday, Jeffrey Trevino was found guilty of killing his wife Kira -- unintentionally. He was acquitted on a separate charge of murder with intent. In other words, jurors ruled Trevino intended to harm but not kill Kira during an assault sometime during the overnight hours of February 21-22 that culminated in her death.

Some are dissatisfied with that verdict, but it turns out that jurors seriously considered acquitting Trevino of all charges during their two-day, 17-hour deliberation.

One of the jurors, St. Paul resident Brandon Wilson, told the Pioneer Press the main question considered during deliberations was, "Did he intend to do it, or was it an accident?"

Ultimately, Wilson said he felt "the state didn't show enough evidence that he did."

"We went kind of back and forth on convicting him of anything, really," he continued, adding that jurors concluded Trevino used a pillow to try to quiet Kira during an altercation but ended up smothering her.

Another juror, St. Paul resident Rachel Abraham, said she was convinced of Trevino's guilt (at least with regard to the unintentional homicide charge) by prosecutors' timeline of events, which ruled out the possibility that anybody else could've done it (despite suggestions to the contrary from Trevino's attorney). But she, like Wilson, didn't think the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Trevino intended to kill his wife, who was having an affair with another man at the time of her disappearance.

"It was just speculation, what happened in that room," Abraham said.

Jeffrey Trevino faces a maximum of 40 years in prison, but could receive more time than that if a judge concludes that aggravating factors apply in his case. One factor of that sort could be Trevino's effort to dispose of Kira's body following her murder, the PiPress reports.

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Renee Kuehne Shepherd
Renee Kuehne Shepherd

Back and forth about "convicting him of anything". What more evidence did they need to show it was a cold-blooded murder? Blows my mind to think they could have let him walk. SMH

Connie Eckels
Connie Eckels

i wish there was a law that would give anyone the death penalty they never cared about the life they took so why should they have chance to live and waste more of our tax dollars?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

No matter what, he won't serve as much time as Tom Petters or Bernie Madoff.  Is that sick, or what?

Kevin M Frazier
Kevin M Frazier

bullshit he had intent otherwise she would be a live he`s just another waste of tax payers money that will sit in jail and cry that he is being mistreated well what about your wife you fucking asshole you fucking guys need to let go when a woman wants out you let her go and go on your way but no you couldn`t do that could you your a sick s.o.b. and you will get what`s comming to you some day

Jennifer72
Jennifer72

I won't blame the victim, but I'm not fond of either of these losers. I don't know the whole story, all I know is that she was cheating on her husband, which makes her scum, and he intended to beat up his wife (but not kill her!) because she's a cheating bitch. She didn't deserve what she got, but I keep wondering why she married this clown in the first place, and why she didn't just leave him if she needed sex action from anyone other than him. I know: books/cover, but every pic I have seen of him, outside of his prison fashions, he looks like the textbook definition of a douche bag. 

Is it just me, or are half the single adult males in this city douche bags?

Kerry Johnson Tofte
Kerry Johnson Tofte

Hopefully he gets offed in jail and we don't have to worry about him getting out.

Bec Salmonson
Bec Salmonson

Should be life. Better yet, something worse.....

tjbhysl
tjbhysl

What was so difficult?  He tried to hide her body.  If they couldnt figure out that that was INTENTIONAL,  we are in some serious problems in our city, let alone our country.  The lawyers did their jobs.  They picked the best jury for their client.  #shakingheadruefully


digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

he tried to beat the system, fuck this dude and fuck the retarded jury members

Kevin Ames
Kevin Ames

I understood prior to your comment.

Alison Draper
Alison Draper

He was up 2 forms of second degree murder. Intentional or unintentional. He was charged with second degree unintentional murder meaning he didnt plan to kill her. It was domestic altercation that ended in murder. Thats their feeling. Weather thats the truth or not the evidence didnt show otherwise

samanthazwickel
samanthazwickel

Because it's common to try to "quiet" people with pillows "during an altercation"? Bullshit. You're holding a pillow to someone's face you're trying to kill them. There's no, "oops, I didn't realize that could happen."

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

"back and forth"-- were all jurors drunk the entire trial?

Kevin Ames
Kevin Ames

He should have been convicted of 2nd degree murder

TheSeaward
TheSeaward

@tjbhysl Hiding her body after the fact doesn't necessarily show he intended to kill her.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@Kevin Ames  He was,wasn't he?

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