ST. PAUL, MN (WTAQ) - The Minnesota man convicted of killing Wausau area native Kira Steger now claims he didn't cause enough of her injuries to kill her.
A defense lawyer has asked a judge to throw out Jeffrey Trevino's guilty verdict for unintentional second-degree murder.
John Conard said there was insufficient legal basis for the jury's verdict on October 2nd.
Jurors said they could tie the 39-year-old Trevino to the killing of his 30-year-old wife Steger in February, but they could not find proof that Trevino planned the murder. Conard said there was no proof that Steger died from a serious cut above her left eyebrow.
She also suffered a broken finger, but Conard said the injury only rises to the level of third-degree assault -- not murder.
The defense lawyer mentioned nothing about testimony during the trial that Trevino likely smothered Steger.
Trevino is scheduled to be sentenced on November 25th.