Levi Chavez trial, live blog day 14

June 28th, 2013 at 10:21 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 dismissed for the week. #LeviChavez
  • Judge tells jury state is expected to wrap its case late Monday or early Tuesday morning.#LeviChavez
  • Judge tells jury there will be no court next Thursday, Friday or the following Monday after that. #LeviChavez
  • Serna asking judge to conduct cross examination of Brookreson on Monday.#LeviChavez
  • Court is on break. Serna’s checking in with witness about searches in the meantime.#LeviChavez
  • Det. Aaron Jones and his home address searched for on #LeviChavez work computer multiple times after Tera’s death.
  • Brookreson: Searches on #LeviChavez computer for “Heather Hindi”, Levi’s future wife, less than a week before Tera’s death.
  • Brookreson: After searches for “How to kill somebody”, “Illinois anchorwoman t-shirt contest”, searches were porn-related.#LeviChavez
  • Brookreson: “How to kill somebody” search was conducted in late 2006. #LeviChavez
  • Brookreson: Immediately after, whoever was using #LeviChavez computer looked up “Illinois anchorwoman t-shirt contest”
  • Brookreson: Search entries for “how to kill somebody” on Yahoo! entered on #LeviChavezcomputer.
  • Jury seeing Powerpoint presentation of what Brookreson found on Toshiba laptop taken from Chavez home. #LeviChavez
  • State calls Ofc. Michael Brookreson, digital evidence specialist. #LeviChavez
  • Heather is off the stand.. on a break #LeviChavez
  • She followed that matter of fact statement with, ‘my biological dad’ while looking through phone records Serna had handed her. #LeviChavez
  • Serna asks Heather about her personal experience with suicide. She responded “my dad committed suicide when I was 20″ #LeviChavez
  • Heather says she and #LeviChavez ’made out’ in her car in mid-November but nothing else until end of November, 1st of December
  • Heather says at that time (May 07) she had never met #LeviChavez in person but just talked to him on the phone about the case.
  • He called her bc she was the crimes against children detective on call, says its standard procedure #LeviChavez
  • Serna now taking Heather through her first interaction with #LeviChavez in May 07 had to do with a child abuse case
  • Heather says Tera’s kids absolutely know who she is, they celebrate her birthday they have photos of her says its not taboo #LeviChavez
  • Heather & #LeviChavez have a little boy together.. says they all live together
  • Heather says Tera is a part of her life because she is raising her two kids with #LeviChavez
  • Court back in session beginning with Serna on cross of Heather Chavez #LeviChavez
  • Lunch break … State will resume direct of Heather Chavez at 1:30 #LeviChavez
  • At one point, she says she also helped#LeviChavez move stuff out of that house.
  • Heather says she also went to the house#LeviChavez shared with Tera toward the end of 07 and had sex with him there.
  • Serna chimes in and the Judge says he & the state are arguing like kids #LeviChavez
  • State is getting after Heather … now judge getting after state for being argumentative #LeviChavez
  • Heather says she & #LeviChavez married in July 2008.
  • Another text from Heather on 12/12 says she wants to spend the rest of her life making#LeviChavez happy.
  • State shows text messaged Heather sent to#LeviChavez reads ‘mmmm detective Chavez, homicide’
  • Heather says she went to Tera’s funeral#LeviChavez.. that’s makes at least 2 women he was sleeping with at her funeral.
  • Heather says her romantic relationship started with #LeviChavez at the end of November
  • Heather says she met #LeviChavez on October 8, 2007 when he came to Crimes Against Children Unit
  • State calls Heather Chavez #LeviChavez‘s current wife.
  • Court is in recess… #LeviChavez
  • Civil attorney says #LeviChavez was exchanging texts with Heather 25 days after Tera’s death signed ‘Detective (Heather) Chavez’
  • #LeviChavez bought his current wife a diamond ring by the end of 07.
  • Ok thought this was only an hour.. its been going on much longer was just told it might be 2..#LeviChavez
  • Civil attorney asks #LeviChavez if Tera was a good mother, he replied, “yes”
  • We are still listening to the deposition from the civil case filed on behalf of Tera’s estate by her family #LeviChavez
  • Going through #LeviChavez bank statements from weekend of Tera’s death
  • At times #LeviChavez is following along with the transcript … other times staring straight ahead.
  • Civil attorney says social security money from Tera’s death hit #LeviChavez account 11/1 meaning he applied for benefits days after she died
  • A lot of ‘I don’t remember’, ‘I don’t know’ coming from #LeviChavez during this deposition.
  • court back in session… #LeviChavez says he had a wedding ring.. but didn’t know where it was
  • In a 3 month time period in 07 #LeviChavez made more than 1,000 calls to Debra Romero & Heather ‘Hindi’ Chavez while on duty
  • #LeviChavez says in August of 07 He & Tera were trying to work things out still not looking at a divorce.
  • #LeviChavez says he bought Tera a diamond ring in Aug 07 bc they’d been married a long time & he finally had the money.
  • Civil attorney asks #LeviChavez if he knows what date his truck was stolen.. he replied ‘no’
  • Civil attorney now asking about the family laptop.. remember there were searches for how to kill someone and more #LeviChavez
  • back to phone talk now.. sorting out which phone #LeviChavez had when etc.,
  • #LeviChavez says he bought Tera a new phone and a diamond ring for her birthday in August..
  • #LeviChavez says he spent most of July-October 2007 at his mom’s house, then his house, then Debra’s.
  • #LeviChavez says his department issued glock was kept loaded and locked up in a ‘level 2′ holster in an armoire
  • #LeviChavez says no supervisor ever told him ‘fraternizing’ with other officers married or otherwise was not ok.
  • Sounds like the 1st time #LeviChavez met Heather (his current wife) in Aug., or Sept., of 07 at APD
  • This deposition is from the civil case.. the attorney’s are asking him about personal cell phone use while #LeviChavez was at work.
  • State now playing video deposition of #LeviChavez again jury will not see it but only hear it based on a ruling earlier this week.
  • Jury coming out.. sounds like we will hear the video deposition of #LeviChavez first…
  • Day 14 about to get underway here at the Sandoval County Courthouse.. #LeviChavez

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