Jury hears Chavez 911 calls

Posted at: 06/10/2013 10:21 PM | Updated at: 06/10/2013 10:27 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The trial has begun in the case of former Albuquerque police officer, Levi Chavez, who’s accused of killing his wife, Tera, and making it look like a suicide.

During the first day of the Levi Chavez murder trial, the jury heard opening statements saw graphic pictures and heard a tearful 911 call Chavez made on October 21, 2007.

Chavez wiped tears from his eyes when the recording was played.

Chavez’s attorney laid out his defense: Levi was having extramarital affairs with four women, including fellow APD officers.

His wife was so devastated about her failing marriage she was suicidal and left a hand written letter simply saying ‘I’m sorry Levi.’

The prosecution said Tera wasn’t suicidal and instead claims Chavez shot Tera with his APD issued gun. His motive was to get out of the marriage and collect her life insurance in order to pay down debt.

Weeks before Tera’s death, Levi’s computer showed someone searched for how to kill someone, and also looked into Tera’s life insurance policy. The policy covers suicide.

Three people took the stand, including Clyde Johnson, Valencia County Sheriff’s Deputy. He was the first person on the scene, where Chavez was described as extremely upset.

"Was there anything, based on your years of experience that struck you as phony about what he was doing,” asked Chavez’s defense attorney David Serna.

Johnson replied, “No.”

Levi Chavez left the courthouse after day one accompanied by family members.

When we asked if they had any comment, one family member said, “It’s been a long day.”

It’s also going to be a long trial. It’s expected to last at least four weeks. Day two of the Levi Chavez murder trial gets underway Tuesday morning.

Among the people expected to take the stand, is someone from New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.


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