Former NM officer stands trial in wife's killing

Posted at: 06/10/2013 7:26 AM | Updated at: 06/10/2013 8:47 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4; The Associated Press


Levi Chavez

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - Prosecutors say former Albuquerque police officer Levi Chavez tried to commit the perfect murder when he shot his wife in 2007 with his department-issued handgun and made it look like suicide.

During opening statements of Chavez's trial on Monday, prosecutors said Chavez had the motive and opportunity to commit the crime.

Chavez is accused of killing his 26-year-old wife in the couple's home in Los Lunas

Prosecutors said Chavez and his estranged wife both were having extramarital affairs and they were arguing about divorce.

Defense attorney David Serna disputed the prosecution's claims, challenging the credibility of their witnesses and the investigation done by the Valencia County Sheriff's Office. He also said the autopsy evidence was consistent with suicide.

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