Relative accused of witness tampering in murder case
A relative of the key suspect in the June killing of a Medford man faces a felony charge for obstructing the murder investigation by tampering with a witness.
The Steele County attorney has filed a single count of aid offender-obstruct investigation or prosecution against Marcus Anthony Trevino, 24. If convicted of the charge, Trevino could face a penalty of 20 years in prison.
Trevino is an uncle of Cyrus Trevino, 24, who is being held as the alleged killer of Richard Jurgensen. Cyrus Trevino has been charged with second-degree murder. However, County Attorney Daniel McIntosh confirmed within the past two weeks that he is convening a grand jury to consider indicting Cyrus Trevino on first-degree murder charges for the execution-style killing that took place on a gravel road northeast of Owatonna in late June. Jurgensen died of multiple gunshot wounds as his hands were bound, according to court documents.
The most recent developments in the case took place Thursday when a potential witness spoke to an agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which has been assisting the Steele County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.
Because of on-going safety concerns with this case, court records did not reveal the gender of the witness. The witness told the BCA agent that he/she had been told that up to eight subjects from Texas were currently in Owatonna in an effort to “look into” people that were providing statements against Cyrus Trevino and his involvement in the murder.
The witness said he/she had recent contact with Marcos Trevino in which Marcos called and stated that he was coming to a location in Steele County, court records show. The witness said Marcos picked him/her up and they went for a ride in Trevino’s car.
According to court documents, the witness stated that Marcos questioned him/her on if he/she was talking to the police. Marcos also allegedly told the witness that Cyrus had “papers” which indicated that the witness had testified to or talked with police regarding involvement.
The witness told Marcos that he/she didn’t want anything to do with the investigation of Cyrus. Marcos allegedly made a comment similar to “I’ll see you in court and we will see what you have to say,” the complaint said.
Gerald Blevins has also been charged in the murder case with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Authorities allege he was with Cyrus Trevino at the scene of the killing.