At a court appearance Thursday afternoon, Ramsey County District Judge Teresa Warner set bail at $1 million, though a prosecutor had asked for $500,000. Kira Trevino's sister clapped upon hearing the bail pronouncement.
Investigators concluded that the amount of blood found in the Trevino house and the fact that it was uncharacteristic for Kira Trevino to be missing gave them probable cause to conclude she was dead, said the complaint, filed by the Ramsey County attorney's office.
Among other evidence, they found
Trevino's attorney, John Conard, said that Trevino and his family are grieving.
"They hope that Kira will be found alive and well, but if she's not, they hope police will go and find the person responsible for this, because they're pointing in the wrong direction at this time," he said.
Trevino took "a number of evasive actions," Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said at a news conference Thursday. "But all of his schemes and his efforts to cover up this crime have been foiled by a lot of hard work by the investigators involved in this case."
According to the complaint:
Trevino, 39, called St.
She had been lying about where she has been staying, and had been having a "mid-life crisis" lately, staying with friends for two or three days at a time, he told police.
Later Sunday, police heard from Kira Trevino's mother. She said that the couple had been having marital problems and that she was concerned that Jeffery Trevino may have hurt her daughter. He'd been "checking into" Kira Trevino's bank accounts recently, she told police.
Jeffery Trevino told investigators in an interview that he and Kira had talked Feb. 20 and decided to work on their relationship. They scheduled a date night for Feb. 21. They met at the mall, ate dinner there and went bowling at Sky Deck. They watched a video together that night at home, he said.
On Friday morning, Kira left about 8:30 in her Chevrolet Cobalt, according to her husband. She was going to work out, go to a tanning session and then go to work, he said. Jeffery Trevino last saw her when she left home, he said.
Kira Trevino's gym, LA Fitness in New Brighton, told police that she last reported there to work out Feb. 20. The tanning center said she was there Feb. 9, but not since. She did not report to work Friday, co-workers said, and her debit card was last used at a gas station near the Trevino home about 2:15 a.m. Friday. Video surveillance showed a male in gray pants and gray hooded sweatshirt filling up the car. Jeffery Trevino told police he offered to fill up Kira's car that night.
The surveillance video also showed the Cobalt exiting the gas station lot and heading west toward Interstate 35E -- instead of east on Larpenteur Avenue, which would have been the most direct route to the Trevino home.
Kira's family told investigators that she had talked of problems she and Jeffery had been having. She was unhappy in the marriage and talked about moving out, she told them. The last anyone heard from her was about 6 p.m. Feb. 21, when she left work.
The last call from her cell phone was 10 p.m. that day, records showed.
Mall of America security found Kira Trevino's car in the parking lot. Police ordered it towed to police impound. They found "a substance consistent with blood" around the trunk opening. They also found a trunk liner with blood a short distance from the car.
A search warrant of the home found "copious amounts" of blood.
"Forensic examiners found blood on the floor, box spring mattress, bed frame, book shelf, closet door, baseboard trim and west wall," the complaint said.
The wooden frame of the box spring on the bed was broken. The carpet had a blood stain in the shape of a head and torso, and large amounts of blood were found in the living room floor, hallway and bathroom, the landing at the top of the basement stairs, the basement floor and in the front of the washing machine.
There was also evidence that someone had tried to do extensive cleanup.
Police found on the kitchen counter bleach-stained towels and a bottle of bleach spray cleaner; in a hallway outside the main floor bathroom, they found a mop and bucket and a carpet cleaner with blood on its wheels and brush area.
"Based on training and experience, a forensic scientist with the BCA opined that the blood spatter evidence is consistent with more than one forceful blow to the victim," the complaint said.
Surveillance video of the mall parking lot showed someone parking the Cobalt at 9:45 a.m. Friday.
A person at the back of the vehicle can be seen throwing an item "consistent with the trunk liner," and entering at cab. A GPS tracker found that the cab then traveled to a spot one block from the Trevino home.
It's rare -- and challenging -- to prosecute a murder case without a body, said Choi, the county attorney.
"However, it is possible to obtain a conviction, and we wouldn't be moving forward today unless we believed that we could prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt, based upon all of the facts that we have gathered through our investigation," Choi said.
Jeffery Trevino hasn't been helpful in helping locating his wife's body, Choi said, adding, "I wish that he would."
Choi said his office has been in contact with Kira Trevino's family. They support the decision to proceed with prosecution, he said.
"I know that this is a very difficult time for the people who loved Kira Trevino, and I want them to know that our thoughts and prayers are with them and that we will do everything that we can in our power to bring the defendant to justice for his horrific crime," Choi said.
Jeffery Trevino's family declined comment Thursday. His next court appearance was set for March 14.
There was no history of police calls to the couple's home or court filings showing domestic problems. A roommate who lived with the couple has been cooperating with the investigation, police said. That person was not mentioned in the criminal complaint.