Levi Chavez trial, live blog day 9

June 21st, 2013 at 9:10 am by under Latest Posts

KRQE News 13 Reporters Alex Goldsmith and Amanda Goodman 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 @alexg_reporter@krqe_agoodman #LeviChavez (most recent updates are displayed first)

  • Court in recess until Monday. #LeviChavez
  • Jury excused for the day by Judge Eichwald. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler steps down from the stand. Attorneys in bench conference right now. #LeviChavez
  • Serna finished cross-examining Wheeler. #LeviChavez
  • Serna asking Wheeler about why he wasn’t thoroughly investigated by VCSO. #LeviChavez
  • Serna questioning Wheeler on whether he thought it was odd that Aaron Jones interviewed Wheeler and his wife at the same time. #LeviChavez
  • Serna brings up Aaron Jones interview from Nov. 2007 where Wheeler says he believed Tera was obsessed with him. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler says he doesn’t believe Tera was obsessed with him. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler says Tera initiated sexual encounters, not him. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler and Tera texted dozens of times the days before Tera died, after Wheeler says they broke up. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler: Tera and him made out in the back room of Style America. #LeviChavez
  • Serna’s line of questioning about Nick Wheeler’s affair is definitely NOT PG (or even PG-13). #LeviChavez
  • Serna’s turn to cross-examine Nick Wheeler. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler: Saw Tera within a couple weeks of her death when he got a haircut at Style America. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler: I don’t consider Aaron Jones a friend. He needed to step back from the case. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler: I haven’t talked with #LeviChavez since Tera’s death.
  • Wheeler: It turns out Samantha already knew about the affair. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler says he told his wife Samantha about the affair with Tera right after her birthday party, on her birthday. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler says he was calling to check who knew about his affair with Tera so his wife wouldn’t find out. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler says he called Aaron Jones once he heard about Tera’s death, didn’t know he was working Tera’s death. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler: Tera asked him if he’d leave his wife Samantha for her, he said no. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler: Ended affair with Tera in September 2007, Tera was upset, said she wanted someone to love her. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler says he told Tera he loved her, didn’t mean it. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler: Affair began a couple months before Tera died. #LeviChavez
  • Samantha gave Tera Nick Wheeler’s number to reach out to him, turned into an affair eventually. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler met Tera at Style America, got a haircut from her. #LeviChavez
  • Wheeler was also friends with Aaron Jones, the VCSO detective who was lead investigator in the Tera Chavez case. #LeviChavez
  • State calls Nick Wheeler, APD cop Tera was having an affair with. #LeviChavez
  • Next witness isn’t here, trial going on early lunch break. Scheduled to be back at 12:45.
  • Serna: #LeviChavez was at military training and that’s why he missed his son’s birthday, right? Elaine Cordova: Right.
  • Quick questions for Elaine Cordova, Serna now on cross-examination.
  • Elaine Cordova: Tera wasn’t depressed, loved her kids.
  • Elaine Cordova: Didn’t have much interaction with
  • State calls Elaine Cordova, Tera’s sister in law.
  • 10:34 am Hearing trial will adjourn two hours early today at judge’s request.
  • Aaron Cordova steps down, court is in recess for a morning break.
  • Aaron Cordova: Fought #LeviChavez in high school when he saw him with another girl while Tera was pregnant.
  • Aaron Cordova: Samantha Wheeler was maid of honor at Tera’s wedding.
  • Serna has accidentally referred to Tera as both Aaron Cordova’s wife and daughter (she was his sister).
  • Aaron Cordova: Samantha Wheeler was asking me questions about Tera.
  • Hours after Tera was killed, Aaron Cordova received text from Samantha Wheeler, wife of APD cop Tera was sleeping with.
  • Serna asking Aaron Cordova if it’s common knowledge that three family uncles had committed suicide.
  • Serna now cross-examining Aaron Cordova.
  • Aaron Cordova: Strange nobody from #LeviChavez ’s family was there at Levi’s son’s birthday.
  • Aaron Cordova: Last saw Tera at her son’s birthday party.
  • Aaron Cordova: Tera never said, showed that she wanted to hurt herself.
  • Aaron Cordova: Tera was a great mom, very proud of her kids.
  • State’s next witness is Aaron Cordova, Tera’s brother.
  • Sanchez off the stand now.
  • #LeviChavez gun needed 7.25 pounds of pressure on the trigger to fire.
  • Sanchez reassuring jury gun isn’t loaded while walking them through how the gun works.
  • APD gun that killed Tera Chavez shown to jury.
  • Sanchez testifying about what she received in case including bullet fragments, casing,#LeviChavez ’s APD-issued gun.
  • State calls first witness of the day, Alina Sanchez, ballistics expert with NM Department of Public Safety.
  • Callback number anonymous female caller reporting insurance fraud left was for Style America.
  • Jury now told anonymous female caller called Farrelly to report that #LeviChavez ’s truck wasn’t actually stolen, number from Style America
  • Judge reading jury statement about insurance fraud investigator Richard Farrelly.
  • Jury is being called in.
  • Judge agrees, no more #LeviChavezdoodles or papers Serna is holding are allowed to be shown.
  • David Serna requesting no closeups of defense paperwork. He’s complaining about real-time tweets again.
  • After a day break we’re back in session for#LeviChavez Day 9

4 Responses to “Levi Chavez trial, live blog day 9”

  1. Rebecca says:

    I believe Levi Chavez is definitely GUILTY OF MURDER!!! And as far as that Wheeler guy who “supposedly” says he had an affair with Tara is redundant! Why is he NOW barely testifying that they had this affair?! They also, mentioned how levi & wheeler were Friends back in the day and that wheeler was a former cop… I HOPE the judge takes all things into consideration. Levi is trying to cover his a**! He knows he’s guilty! Tara deserves to RIP with some JUSTICE!

  2. Joseph Sanchez says:

    It looks like infidelity played a role for both Levi and Tara!
    I believe Levi will walk!

  3. louie says:

    I Believe Levi Chavez is guilty because of all of the evidence. This guy is a cop and cops cover eachother very well. APD is one of the biggest gangs in albuquerque.

  4. cj padro says:

    I have been following this trail. His fake emotions today made me sick. I hope the jury saw through his false testimony.

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