Levi Chavez trial, live blog day 5

June 14th, 2013 at 9:12 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, @alexg_reporter #LeviChavez (most recent updates are displayed first)

  • Hearing Judge Eichwald is having a conversation with the jury privately in another room, possibly about something a juror said. #LeviChavez
  • State may not have any other witnesses left Friday. It appears as though we may be done for the day. #LeviChavez
  • Court in recess…. It’s unclear what’s next.
  • Regina Cordova is off the witness stand now.
  • Regina Cordova says Tera had bought groceries and movies hoping to spend the weekend with #LeviChavez .
  • Regina Cordova said she and Tera never spoke about Levi’s truck.
  • Serna cross-examining Regina Cordova now.
  • Regina Cordova in tears on the stand after looking at Tera’s journal.
  • Regina Cordova says Tera never threatened to hurt herself.
  • It appears Regina Cordova is part of prosecution’s strategy to show why Tera would not want to kill herself.
  • Regina Cordova was Tera Chavez’s sister-in-law #LeviChavez
  • Regina Cordova next to the stand in #LeviChavez trial.
  • Serna now asking Murrow questions about whether there were a lot of break-ins or attempted break-ins in the neighborhoood
  • Morrow says she was home the night Tera was found dead– but did not hear anything
  • 2:00 pm Now on the stand one of #LeviChavez‘s neighbors, Jeannie Morrow
  • Judge rules Susan Deibler, a teacher is not allowed to testify as to what Rose Slama told her
  • attorney’s handling issues with next witness, she is on the stand now with the jury still out.
  • Attorneys & Judge back.. but jury still out. Serna bringing up concerns about what the next witness can and cannot recall
  • State’s next witness not here yet, maybe coming in from out of state.. Judge calls for early lunch break, will resume at 1:30
  • Slama has now been excused #LeviChavez
  • Serna asking Slama about her motivation for testifying #LeviChavez
  • State now poking holes in Serna’s cross-examination of Slama #LeviChavez
  • Serna says phone records show Slama was not on the phone with #LeviChavez the night Tera died like she testified.
  • Back in session now.. Serna continues with cross of Slama
  • I have a real problem, even after tasting the horrid vending machine coffee, I went back for more this am. #coffeeaddict it was still horrid
  • Ok, Judge says another break while waiting on Slama..
  • Waiting on Slama to come back to the stand.. during recess #LeviChavez was chatting w/ his family. They’ve been here everyday
  • McKay not a fan of Serna ‘reading’ vs. asking questions.. objects.. Judge calls for recess.
  • In transcript of call #LeviChavez tells Slama to just tell VCSO the truth adding, there’s nothing, he has nothing to hide.
  • Serna now reading transcript from call Slama made to #LeviChavez that VCSO recorded.
  • 10:21 am Slama tells Jones in 07 “if #LeviChavez did it I hope you nail him to the cross”
  • Serna continuing to chip away at Slama’s testimony
  • Slama says didn’t love #LeviChavez she had an itch and he scratched it.
  • Slama says when Jones showed her photos of Tera’s body she didn’t think it looked like a suicide based on her ‘forensic bkgrnd’
  • Slama stands by her statements to VCSO but says she didn’t want to be involved in the case
  • Serna questioning Slama’s initial statements to VCSO vs., what she said later when legal troubles started about #LeviChavez being home,truck
  • Slama says in the 1st yr of the affair it was friends having sex, bc they both needed something their spouses couldn’t provide
  • Serna “Levi was very upfront about the fact that he was sleeping with different women right?” Slama “ya, it was no secret.”
  • Serna now asking Slama about her 2nd interview with Jones in 11/07 where Jones asked her about #LeviChavez‘s truck.
  • Serna attacking Slama’s testimony from yesterday– that #LeviChavez told her he was in the shower & heard the gunshot.
  • Serna, “Jones asked you if you had information about #LeviChavez being in the home when Tera died and you said no correct? Slama “Yes”
  • Serna says Jones told Slama she dropped from gf 3 to gf 14.. on #LeviChavez‘s list.
  • Serna asking Slama a lot of questions about Jones’ interview tactics, he showed her photos of Tera’s body, the gun etc.
  • That was quick, state finishes with Ingram, Serna says he has no questions.. Rose Slama coming to the stand now..
  • Ingram says he was a volunteer union rep at the time of Tera Chavez’s death
  • McKay “commentary has to stop” Serna admits things got a little heated but says state needs to keep their reax in check too
  • Prosecutor Bryan McKay addressing Judge now– says Serna is editorializing after he asks questions & witness give answers
  • 8:55 am Up first this morning, Rick Ingram, APD Ofc., who also went to the Chavez home the night Tera was found. #LeviChavez

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