Lawyers fight over evidence in Levi Chavez murder trial

Posted at: 06/18/2013 8:11 AM | Updated at: 06/18/2013 12:34 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Levi Chavez is accused in the 2007 shooting death of his wife.

ALBUQUERQUE -- A delay in the murder trial against a former Albuquerque police officer continues Tuesday after his attorney claimed key evidence was withheld from them.

Tuesday's hearing will determine what evidence must be released from a fraud investigation and a wrongful death lawsuit against Levi Chavez.

Prosecutors accuse Chavez of shooting his 26-year-old wife, Tera, with his department-issued gun in 2007 and trying to make her death look like a suicide. They also argue Chavez killed her to cover up an insurance fraud case, according to the Associated Press.

A dispute over notes from the fraud investigation caused a stay in the trial Monday and the jury was dismissed.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)


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