Blogs Levi Chavez trial live blogging, Day 4

June 13th, 2013 at 9:07 am by under Latest Posts

KRQE News 13 Reporters Amanda Goodman and Alex Goldsmith are in the courtroom covering the Levi Chavez trial.

Levi Chavez is accused of shooting and killing 26-year-old Tera Chavez with his department-issued handgun in their Los Lunas home, and of trying to make her death look like a suicide because prosecutors say she was about to report him for insurance fraud. He is charged with first-degree murder and evidence tampering.

Live Updates @krqe_agoodman #LeviChavez (most recent updates are displayed first)

  • Slama could be back on the stand in the afternoon. #LeviChavez
  • Prosecution seemed unsure about exactly who it would call in the morning when Slama is busy reviewing tapes. #LeviChavez
  • Court done for the day. #LeviChavez
  • Defense and prosecution arguing over whether another witness can help confirm Slama’s testimony about what Levi told her. #LeviChavez
  • Slama ordered by judge to listen to tapes tomorrow morning, she’s dismissed for the day too. #LeviChavez
  • Jury dismissed for the day while Serna plays Slama the entire interview to refresh her memory. #LeviChavez
  • Slama doesn’t remember another piece of her interview with Det. Jones. Serna wants to refresh her memory. #LeviChavez
  • Serna trying to catch Slama in lie on whether #LeviChavez confided in her about Tera’s death.
  • Slama says she talked to #LeviChavez “several times” about Tera’s claim he had staged the theft of his truck.
  • After playing the recording three times, Slama admits she asked if Tera Chavez was killed in the truck. #LeviChavez
  • Court in recess while they cue up the tape to play it back for Slama with the jury out of the room. #LeviChavez
  • Serna challenging Slama on the point, about to play back tape of Jones’ interview with Slama. #LeviChavez
  • Slama denies she asked Det. Jones if Tera Chavez was killed in the truck, claims she asked if she was killed for the truck. #LeviChavez
  • Serna questioning Rose Slama on whether she was misleading Det. Jones on #LeviChavez case.
  • Slama seems to be getting confused by Serna’s line of questioning.. #LeviChavez
  • Serna now bringing up Slama’s criminal history asking her why she doesn’t have court dates set implying she might get a favor for testimony
  • Serna says two words to Slama, gets an objection from the state.. #LeviChavez
  • Slama says Tera told her #LeviChavez had the truck stolen to collect insurance– Slama says she told Levi
  • Looks like Rose Slama is up next… her testimony was the debate of a pre-trial motion last week, she is another one of #LeviChavez‘s gf’s
  • State, defense both finish with Jones for now, he steps down. #LeviChavez
  • McKay now on re-direct with Jones having him explain why he asked questions the way he did.. #LeviChavez
  • Whew… Serna’s cross of Jones ends just as it began… with a snarky exchange #LeviChavez
  • Jones says it wasn’t his intent to mislead witness saying ‘most’ of what he told her he believed at the time #LeviChavez
  • Serna hammering Jones on ‘police practices’ questioning his interview tactics #LeviChavez
  • Serna asking why Jones lied to one of the witnesses during various interviews with her #LeviChavez
  • Sorry guys! they took another recess to make some copies.. I was writing for the 4. back in session now #LeviChavez
  • Court back in session Serna continuing cross of Jones #LeviChavez
  • court is now in recess #LeviChavez
  • Judge chastises state, defense & witness without jury present saying this is a serious matter and he intends to keep it that way #LeviChavez
  • Serna gets Jones to crack a smile.. #LeviChavez
  • Judge just chastised both Serna & Jones for their snippy behavior toward each other. #LeviChavez
  • Serna now bringing up how Jones talked to witnesses & conducted initial interviews #LeviChavez Serna has called it innapropriate
  • Oh boy.. Jones just said he doesn’t believe a word out of Serna’s mouth. Judge said to back off or he’ll hold Jones in contempt. #LeviChavez
  • Serna spending a lot of time trying to show Jones’ statement about ‘laughing/joking’ tone not accurate. #LeviChavez
  • Serna now playing state’s ‘version’ of 911 call since Jones does not feel ‘comfortable’ with the version he played. #LeviChavez
  • Serna said some of this audio from the recorded statement was ‘enhanced’ for clarity/quality sake… state had no objections #LeviChavez
  • Jones is Aaron Jones, he was the lead investigator on the Chavez case for VCSO. #LeviChavez
  • Jones tells Serna, “I’m not going to rely on what you say” Serna replies, “mutual” #LeviChavez
  • Have I mentioned these two do not seem to like each other very much? #LeviChavez
  • Serna finishes playing statement then asks Jones “hear a laughing/smirking tone there? Jones: “I don’t know what I heard sir.”
  • Serna now replaying statement Jones recorded of #LeviChavez from night of Tera’s death
  • Here comes the judge… #LeviChavez
  • … This ‘quick’ recess, not so quick. #LeviChavez
  • quick recess so Serna can find report where he said Jones referred to #LeviChavez as having a ‘joking tone’
  • Appears hearing this 911 call is still not easy for #LeviChavez just like the 1st it was played, he is looking down, covering his face.
  • Man, the tension between Serna/Jones… wow. #LeviChavez
  • Serna replaying 911 call #LeviChavez made for the jury.
  • Serna says the 911 tape & statement #LeviChavez made poke holes in Jones’ testimony that Chavez knew where Tera had been shot.
  • Serna’s reading of #LeviChavez‘s statement to Jones the night Tera’s body was found.. lots of ‘dude’ ‘like’ etc., sounds odd coming from him
  • Serna now asking about Jones’ testimony about 911 call… #LeviChavez
  • Things about ready to get underway here in Sandoval County #LeviChavez

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