Levi Chavez trial, live blog day 11

June 25th, 2013 at 9:39 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)

  • Court is in recess for the day. #LeviChavez
  • Defense expert witness will kick off tomorrow due to scheduling and then the prosecution will continue its case. #LeviChavez
  • After a 6 witness day, the jury is excused for the day. #LeviChavez
  • Van Valkenburgh steps down. #LeviChavez
  • Van Valkenburgh: His opinion Tera Chavez wrote notes found at the scene of her death. #LeviChavez
  • Van Valkenburgh: Compared writing from #LeviChavez , Tera Chavez, notes from found at scene.
  • State calls Tom Van Valkenburgh, forensic handwriting expert to the stand. #LeviChavez
  • State approaching the bench before calling next witness. #LeviChavez
  • Dr. McFeeley steps down from the stand. #LeviChavez
  • McFeeley says she doesn’t remember conversation with Det. Jones. #LeviChavez
  • Judge calls for a 10 minute recess #LeviChavez… handing over tweeting to @AlexG_Reporter I’ll be live at 5:30
  • Dr. McFeeley says Tera’s fingernails were not clipped or collected for any kind of evidence #LeviChavez
  • Dr. McFeeley says she would not be able to differentiate between someone forcing a gun into Tera’s mouth vsthe damage from the gunshot wound
  • Serna says small tears, lacerations around Tera’s mouth are classic of a gunshot in the mouth.. McFeeley responds yes. #LeviChavez
  • Dr. McFeeley trying to explain to Serna that when the autopsy report states teeth in good condition it is pre-injury #LeviChavez
  • Serna pressing Dr. McFeeley on condition of Tera’s teeth at time of autopsy #LeviChavez
  • Serna now on cross with Dr. McFeeley #LeviChavez
  • Dr. McFeeley says while its hard to tell it looks like a tooth of Tera’s was partially broken
  • State finally allowed to ask question: Dr. McFeeley says she doesn’t believe Tera could have had any voluntary actions after gun was fired
  • State asks Dr. McFeeley if in her opinion Tera could press magazine release on gun after gun was fired Serna immediately objects #LeviChavez
  • Tera’s family in tears listening to this testimony #LeviChavez
  • Dr. McFeeley says she probably died pretty quickly after gunshot #LeviChavez
  • Dr. McFeeley: “She did have blood in her lungs indicates she took a breath or a few breaths after there was blood in her mouth” #LeviChavez
  • Dr. McFeeley says she had some bruising around her mouth #LeviChavez
  • Dr. McFeeley now talking about how they narrow down the time of death.. #LeviChavez
  • Dr. McFeeley says they found no soot, powder or even blood on Tera’s hands #LeviChavez
  • now showing autopsy photos.. first up Tera’s left hand #LeviChavez
  • Dr. McFeeley says no gunshot residue testing performed on Tera’s hands by OMI.. says they do not do that test. #LeviChavez
  • Tera’s hands were bagged by the OMI field investigator #LeviChavez
  • State asks when a person’s hands would be bagged Dr. McFeeley says when there is some sort of suspicion surrounding the death #LeviChavez
  • Dr. McFeeley going over background, how autopsy’s work etc., #LeviChavez
  • Court back in session, Dr. Patricia McFeeley of OMI on the stand for the state now #LeviChavez
  • again an early lunch break.. court in recess till 1:30 #LeviChavez
  • Sanchez steps down.. #LeviChavez
  • Count is now at 3 #LeviChavez mistresses to take the stand
  • Sanchez says she got an angry call from Tera, #LeviChavez moved out about a week later.
  • Oh boy… Sanchez says she started dating/sleeping with #LeviChavez in 06 at some point he even moved in with her.
  • Again quick testimony..Campos off the stand.. State calls Regina Sanchez, APD Officer #LeviChavez
  • Serna on cross now.. asking if there are different types of uniforms if officers can buy their own equipment #LeviChavez
  • Richard Campos on the stand now, he is the APD Property Unit Supervisor #LeviChavez
  • Court taking its morning recess #LeviChavez
  • That was quick 2nd witness from Army National Guard already off the stand, spoke about #LeviChavez military service.
  • Williams steps down #LeviChavez
  • Serna points out the only #LeviChavez DNA found was on his own department issued gun
  • Serna asking whether anyone asked her to run a new DNA test based on advances in technology from 08 to now, she replied no. #LeviChavez
  • Williams says based on DNA alone cannot tell whether Tera fired the weapon. #LeviChavez
  • Serna now questioning Williams, DNA forensic expert #LeviChavez
  • Williams says the mixed DNA on the gun was that of Tera & #LeviChavez
  • Williams says she found a ‘mixture’ of DNA on the grip of the gun– #LeviChavez
  • Williams now talking about testing she did on the gun #LeviChavez
  • Williams also found a hair in the sweatpants.. was able to determine it came from a male, but could not get a DNA profile off it #LeviChavez
  • Williams said DNA from ‘fluid’ found in crotch area of sweatpants was that of Tera’s.. could not get a DNA profile from blood #LeviChavez
  • Williams said she did some presumptive testing of a ‘red-brown’ stain in crotch area of sweatpants.. tested positive for blood. #LeviChavez
  • Williams says she was asked to examine DNA from sweatpants and pistol #LeviChavez
  • Williams now explaining the different types of DNA… #LeviChavez
  • Learning more than I ever wanted to about bodily fluids & where DNA actually comes from #LeviChavez
  • Williams now explaining how they come up with DNA profiles.. more background info., #LeviChavez
  • Williams going through background, training, education etc., #LeviChavez
  • State calls Alanna Williams, worked at DPS DNA unit #LeviChavez
  • Looks like we’re close to getting underway here.. #LeviChavez

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