Saturday, February 22, 2020
Sheriff’s office personnel escort Tracy Sadell-Kessler and another family member from the Steele County Detention Center Thursday morning after the murder suspects appeared in court. Sadell-Kessler is the mother of murder victim, Richard Jurgensen.

Family members speak out

Jeering began... and continued into a post-hearing shoving match

A family member of Medford murder suspect Cyrus Trevino said, “There are two sides to every story,” and declared that that Trevino’s has not yet been told.

Orlando Trevino, 25, of Owatonna showed up at the Steele County Detention Center Thursday morning to show support for his cousin, Cyrus Trevino, who has been charged as the alleged shooter in the murder of Richard Jurgensen. 

“My brother would not do that,” Orlando said referring to his cousin. “I’ve never seen him even talk about doing something like this. I’ve known him his whole life and he’s never had any violence,” he added.

Orlando went as far as to say he thinks Cyrus’ alleged accomplice, Gerald Blevins, may be the alleged shooter and responsible for Jurgensen’s death. 

“We’re going to fight for our innocence,” Orlando proclaimed. “He’s (Blevins) more involved than he’s putting himself out to be,” Orlando said. 

When asked about the Trevino family’s claims, County Attorney Daniel McIntosh responded, “They are supporting a family member and have not seen a fraction of the evidence.”

There are also differences about Cyrus’ past drug use.

Orlando disclosed Cyrus has used marijuana and prescription pills in the past, but nothing else.

However, Steele County authorities say Cyrus’ drug use goes much deeper. McIntosh described Cyrus as a heavy methamphetamine user. 

The murder charges have sparked tension between all the families involved.

Even before families entered the detention center on June 8 for the initial appearances of both murder suspects, Jurgensen’s family was already throwing expletives. While entering the center, Jurgensen’s mother, Tracy Sadell-Kessler, loudly exclaimed how Trevino’s family is “protecting a murderer.”

Most of the Trevino and Jurgensen family members had entered the courtroom 30 minutes early, and the tension of the situation was palpable.

The Jurgensen family was stationed in the first row of the Steele County Jail Courthouse and several times Sadell-Kessler made comments about the Trevinos, located in the second row.

When Trevino did appear, the jeering began from Jurgensen’s family, and continued into a post-hearing shoving match between the two families. 

The angry comments continued from the parking lot of the detention center where Trevino’s family continued exchanging jeers with leaving cars.

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Kasson, MN 55944

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