Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Home  >  Topics  >  Corrections

June 10, 2013
PrintCommentRSS

Former Albuquerque cop stands trial for wife's death

Opening statements in the case against Levi Chavez started Monday; he's charged with first-degree murder and evidence tampering

Associated Press

BERNALILLO, N.M. — A former Albuquerque police officer is standing trial on charges he killed his wife in 2007 with his department-issued handgun and tried to make it look like a suicide.

Opening statements in the case against Levi Chavez started Monday morning in Bernalillo, just north of Albuquerque.

Chavez is accused of killing 26-year-old Tera Chavez in their Los Lunas home. He's charged with first-degree murder and evidence tampering.

The trial is expected to last for weeks and bring attention to alleged abuses in the Albuquerque Police Department, which the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating.

Defense attorney David Serna has vowed to go "point-by-point" to counter what he says are false allegations and lies made toward his client.

Associated PressCopyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press






PoliceOne Offers

Sponsored by

P1 on Facebook

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample