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Qld woman 'murdered with her own jeans'

Queensland mother Alexis Jeffery was allegedly smothered or strangled with her own jeans after a night out before her body was dumped in an outback river, a Toowoomba court has heard.

Family members of the 24-year-old sobbed as the details of her brutal March 2014 death were discussed on the opening day of a murder trial for Robert Trebeck, 35, who denies the charge.

Prosecutor Carl Heaton QC told the court Ms Jeffery met Trebeck at the Queensland Hotel in Goondiwindi the night before her partially-clothed body was found on the banks of the Macintyre River.

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Ms Jeffery's bloodstained jeans and underpants were found shoved in a hedge nearby.

"What is apparent is that the jeans were the murder weapon," Mr Heaton said.

One leg of the jeans had been scrunched and police allege they had been used to smother Ms Jeffery, to strangle her, or a combination of both.

"The scientific analysis found that on the inside of her jeans, at each end of the leg, the right leg, was a concentration of Robert Trebeck's DNA," Ms Heaton said.

The court heard two police officers saw Trebeck becoming intimate with Ms Jeffery in a local park at the end of their night out.

Mr Heaton told jurors to pay attention to evidence about a pair of reef boots that Trebeck was wearing the night he met Ms Jeffery

"The boots have never been able to be located," he said

"He's given different accounts about what happened to them and why they can't be found."

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Trebek's former fiancee, Kimberley-Rose Larkins, broke down in the witness box as she tried to recall specific conversations about the boots.

She remembered asking him why he'd told police he did not own any reef boots.

"He said 'who has been telling police what I was wearing'," she said.

The court also heard Trebeck, whose phone calls were being tracked by police, made what he thought would be an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers "on behalf of the person of interest" in early June.

Mr Heaton said Trebeck claimed the person was being set up by their sister and brother-in-law, who had taken the boots.

"He also, during the course of that call, asserted that the person of interest was innocent, had done nothing wrong, and was not involved in the killing," he said.

Trebeck was arrested at the end of that month.

The trial, before Justice Glenn Martin, is expected to run between three and four weeks.

AAP / Images: AAP One

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