Levi Chavez trial, live blog day 13

June 27th, 2013 at 9:00 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)

  • #LeviChavez trial has wrapped up for the day.
  • Judge excuses jury for the day. #LeviChavez
  • Cell tower expert from Verizon steps down.#LeviChavez
  • #LeviChavez didn’t use his cell phone to call 9-1-1 to report Tera’s death.
  • #LeviChavez‘s phone either wasn’t turned on or didn’t take calls until about 3:30PM that same day.
  • #LeviChavez‘s phone was in ABQ until 12:27AM the day Tera was found dead. Phone was then turned off or he stopped taking calls.
  • Serna now running through a whole page of#LeviChavez phone records showing a vast majority of inbound calls from Tera.
  • Serna swapping between #LeviChavez and Tera’s phone records to show where their phones were.
  • Serna:  This jury can be confident Tera Chavez’s cell phone stayed in Los Lunas 10/19-10/20.#LeviChavez
  • #LeviChavez indictment cited that he murdered Tera between October 19-21, 2007. Serna trying to eliminate dates.
  • Serna: “I want to make sure the jury sees where#LeviChavez during the entire period of the indictment.”
  • Serna on October 19th now, two days before police started investigating Tera’s death. This could take awhile. #LeviChavez
  • Serna listing through every call #LeviChavezmade and where he was in the days around Tera’s death.
  • Serna cross-examining Jody Citizen.#LeviChavez
  • Tera’s phone records last show phone activity at about 1 AM 10/21/2007. #LeviChavez
  • Court in recess while Serna reviews records state wants to introduce. #LeviChavez
  • Jody Citizen still laying out how cell phone tower records work. #LeviChavez
  • Jody Citizen presenting information about cell phone towers around Albuquerque, cell phone records. #LeviChavez
  • State’s next witness is Jody Citizen with Verizon Wireless. #LeviChavez
  • The judge is back in the courtroom but the attorneys are busy sorting through cell phone records before we resume. #LeviChavez
  • its that time again… I’m out @AlexG_Reporter is in.. I will have a full wrap of the morning & another mistress at 5:30 #LeviChavez
  • Bateman steps down… #LeviChavez
  • court back in session.. Serna resumes cross of Bateman #LeviChavez
  • Serna asks for break so he can find conversation he had with Bateman about ‘cloning phones’ Judge calls for quick recess #LeviChavez
  • … seems to be some confusion about which phone is which.. Serna trying to get to the bottom of it #LeviChavez
  • Serna’s turn… #LeviChavez
  • Bateman says Tera’s other phone had a video of #LeviChavez in the shower
  • Bateman says Tera’s phone also had videos of kids & of #LeviChavez
  • Bateman now talking about ‘sexually explicit videos’ they were of Tera, taken by Tera some sent to #LeviChavez
  • Lunch break over.. jury coming back in.. Bateman still on the stand #LeviChavez
  • lunch break, court in recess #LeviChavez
  • … the tweets have slowed for a reason.. not much to tweet about.. #LeviChavez
  • Still establishing the type of data extracted from the phones & methods used… #LeviChavez
  • State now bringing up #LeviChavez‘s old phone..
  • Jury coming back in now.. expect this will be short session as lunch break (hopefully) should come soon #LeviChavez
  • Ha! right as I tweeted that Judge calls for 10 min break! #LeviChavez
  • Have to be honest.. sitting through this is brutal… not sure jury is following. #LeviChavez
  • Now listing ‘restricted’ calls that Tera’s phone received 2 on Oct. 22 & 1 on Oct 23 #LeviChavez
  • Bateman says she found texts, call logs, images & videos on Tera’s phone #LeviChavez
  • State has not finished.. but Serna needs clarification.. #LeviChavez
  • Serna asking a question of Bateman about whether she saw the data from the phone as it was extracted #LeviChavez
  • Bateman now pulling out each of the cell phones she examined #LeviChavez
  • … getting to the phones she examined in the #LeviChavez case now… that took a while.
  • Bateman says on a cell phone you can only extract data that is still on it, unlike a computer with a hard drive for example #LeviChavez
  • Ok. Bateman’s been established as an expert.. now moving onto testimony about the phones.. #LeviChavez
  • Bateman still giving background/education/certificates etc., trying to establish her as an ‘expert’ #LeviChavez
  • Virginia Bateman, FBI Forensic Examiner, she examined the 3 cell phones in the case #LeviChavez
  • Judge says he will allow the photo of Tera… but ONLY for the jury to see will not be seen in court says NO ONE will see videos #LeviChavez
  • Serna says state cannot just take out photos of Tera’s ‘breasts’ and leave random photos of ‘kitties’ #LeviChavez #wow
  • This has been going on for a while.. Tera’s family looks rather uncomfortable, understandably so… #LeviChavez
  • I’m blushing… Serna now saying #LeviChavez never requested Tera send that photo/videos, she sent them on her own & asked 4 a pix of Levi
  • This is all taking place outside of the presence of the jury #LeviChavez
  • Serna says while he has no desire to make Tera’s ‘sex acts’ part of #LeviChavez‘s defense he doesn’t agree with with state’s redaction
  • Ok.. crossing into uncomfortable territory again here.. Serna says there are also videos of Tera doing ‘explicit sexual acts’ #LeviChavez
  • State says there is only 1 photo of Tera nude which she sent to #LeviChavez in 06 that they want excluded.
  • Serna has an issue with state taking only nude photos of Tera out of text msg records says jury will get a false impression. #LeviChavez
  • Attorneys & Judge back in court.. but discussing issues about photos/videos sent to #LeviChavez they were of Tera nude..
  • That brings the count to 4 mistresses that have testified.. state plans to call one more still– taking a quick recess #LeviChavez
  • Garley says when she went to the house, she did not see any items that looked like they belonged to Tera #LeviChavez
  • Serna now on cross, asking Garley if #LeviChavez seemed like he knew the inner-workings of phones
  • Garley says the last conversation she had with #LeviChavez was after they had sex at his house.. he asked her for help with his phone..
  • Garley says she went to #LeviChavez‘s home after Tera’s death in Nov of 07
  • State calls Katrina Garley, worked at a cell phone store in Los Lunas, then started sleeping with him #LeviChavez
  • State plans to call another one of #LeviChavez‘s mistresses first.. jury coming out now #LeviChavez
  • Good morning… everyone is in place.. looks like we might start on time! #LeviChavez

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