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State rests case in trial of man accused in wife’s death

The state has rested its case in the murder trial of a man accused of killing his wife.

Steve Quintero-Rios is accused of shooting and killing his wife Blanca Rivera in 2015 at their east El Paso home.

During court Wednesday, the state called its final witnesses including the medical examiner.

The medical examiner said there were marks on Blanca’s skin consistent with burns from gunpowder after a firearm was discharged.

Throughout the day, prosecutors showed photos of Blanca’s body.

Friends of the victim covered their faces and looked away to avoid seeing the photos.

After the state rested, the defense called its first witnesses, including a body shop worker who had done business with the couple.

He testified that during one of his encounters with the couple, Blanca became angry and aggressive toward Quintero-Rios.

He said Blanca dragged Quintero-Rios out of the shop by his shirt and was smacking him.

Friends attending the trial told KFOX14 that Blanca wasn’t a violent person.

They also said she bought a gun after she married Quintero-Rios because she was afraid of him.

The trial will continue Thursday morning.

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