Levi Chavez trial, live blog day 16

July 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 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)

  • Serna mentioned right before judge excused everyone that #LeviChavez was feeling physically ill.
  • Court is in recess until tomorrow at 9am. #LeviChavez
  • Jury is being sent home for the day. #LeviChavez
  • Tomorrow, defense plans to call one expert witness and that’s it. Didn’t want to fly in another ahead of 5-day break. #LeviChavez
  • Mares steps down from the stand. #LeviChavez
  • Mares: Not uncommon for one officer to tag evidence while the other one fills out paperwork.
  • Serna now on re-direct. #LeviChavez
  • Weekend of Tera’s death, Mares was out of town in Denver. #LeviChavez
  • McKay: You didn’t know #LeviChavez was calling his wife a ” worthless piece of skin”, did you?
  • Mares: Didn’t know #LeviChavez‘s personal life, affairs.
  • McKay on cross-examination of Lt. Mares. #LeviChavez
  • Mares: Offended by implication APD officers would have intentionally destroyed evidence at scene of Tera’s death. #LeviChavez
  • Mares: #LeviChavez‘s badge and gun had nothing to do with my belief he wasn’t involved in Tera’s death.
  • Mares: #LeviChavez seemed to get along with everybody in briefing, worked well with the public.
  • Mares: #LeviChavez was courteous, respectful, on-time, prompt with his police reports.
  • Mares: Encouraged #LeviChavez to go back to work quickly.
  • Mares: #LeviChavez behaved like someone who was dealing with suicide, was depressed.
  • Mares: “He was down and out.” “I’ve been to many suicide calls and there was nothing out of the ordinary that I saw.”
  • Mares: Visited #LeviChavez at his parent’s home.
  • Mares: Only knew #LeviChavez three months, called him to offer condolences for Tera’s death.
  • #LeviChavez was assigned to Mares’ swing shift, had approximately 9 officers at the time he supervised Levi.
  • Defense calls Lt. Gabriel Mares, #LeviChavez‘s old APD supervisor, to the stand.
  • We’re back from lunch. Serna prepared to call his next witness. #LeviChavez
  • Court is in recess for lunch, only one defense witness this afternoon. #LeviChavez
  • Perea excused, no re-direct from Serna. #LeviChavez
  • Perea repeats that it was “none of my business” that #LeviChavez was on the phone a lot during his shift.
  • McKay confronting Perea over statement he didn’t ride with #LeviChavez after he came back to duty when he did a couple weeks later.
  • McKay confronting Perea without too many direct allegations. #LeviChavez
  • McKay bringing up Perea’s fight with city to get his APD job back. #LeviChavez
  • Perea: Don’t remember where he was for several hours of his shift, at the end of his shift. #LeviChavez
  • Perea: Not sure if #LeviChavez was late to his shift the weekend of Tera’s death.
  • Perea: Can’t account for #LeviChavez after shift ended at midnight.
  • Bryan McKay cross-examining Perea. #LeviChavez
  • Perea: Felt Det. Jones wanted him to say he believed #LeviChavez could kill Tera.
  • Perea: Believes he found out about Tera’s death same night #LeviChavez called it in to 9-1-1, attended Tera’s funeral.
  • Perea: #LeviChavez never took off in APD car, would’ve stranded him if he did.
  • Perea: Didn’t know about #LeviChavez affairs. Thought he was a genuine guy.
  • Perea: “What Mr. Chavez did was none of my business …” #LeviChavez
  • #LeviChavez and Perea were working swing shift the Saturday night before Tera was found dead.
  • Perea and #LeviChavez went to Los Lunas High School together.
  • City and Perea are fighting over if he can get his APD job back. Decision to fire him was overturned, city appealing that. #LeviChavez
  • Perea: Det. Jones told me if I didn’t cooperate I’d be fired for untruthfulness … I was fired for untruthfulness. #LeviChavez
  • Perea: Det. Jones told him if he called his attorney, “bad s***” would happen to him. #LeviChavez
  • Perea: Det. Jones told me he had the go ahead from Ray Schultz to do “bad things” to him. #LeviChavez
  • Perea: Testified truthfully as part of civil deposition, visited soon after by VCSO investigator Aaron Jones. #LeviChavez
  • Perea: Started riding with #LeviChavez in mid-October 2007 as a passenger.
  • Serna to Perea: “Is it fair to say you don’t want to be here?” Perea to Serna: “Yes.” #LeviChavez
  • Defense calls Russell Perea to the stand. #LeviChavez
  • Not much from this witness if anything, he steps down quickly. #LeviChavez
  • Defense calls Anthony Simoes, works in communications center for APD. #LeviChavez
  • Judge calls for a break before defense calls its next witness. #LeviChavez
  • Romero excused from the witness stand. #LeviChavez
  • Romero: Unsure how many times she called Tera the day she was found dead. #LeviChavez
  • Romero: Unsure if #LeviChavez said anything when he left to go check on Tera night of 10/21/2007.
  • Keener asked Romero if she left #LeviChavez father for “cheating, gambling”, leaving you with a bit of debt. Serna objected.
  • Things a little dicey early … Keener confronting Romero on statement she didn’t know #LeviChavez was having an affair.
  • Keener cross examining Romero for the state now. #LeviChavez
  • Romero talking about used Cadillac #LeviChavez bought to replace his truck.
  • Romero: Levi was “distraught, broken, fragile” in wake of Tera’s death, cocooned himself in his room. #LeviChavez
  • Romero: Most of Tera’s ashes were taken to Santa Rosa to be buried at Chavez family plot, smaller urn given to Cordovas. #LeviChavez
  • Romero: Picked up #LeviChavez from scene of Tera’s death and brought him back.
  • Tera’s phone called Romero at 12:59AM the morning Tera was found dead. Romero didn’t pick up, says she wishes she had. #LeviChavez
  • Romero was about to talk about how she heard about Tera’s death. #LeviChavez
  • Romero breaking down on the stand, Serna calls for a 5 minute recess. #LeviChavez wiping away tears too.
  • Romero: Once #LeviChavez was told Tera was sick from work he put his food down and went to check on her.
  • Romero talking about concern over #LeviChavez not answering her calls on 10/21/07 … Levi’s phone was off for 15 hours that day.
  • Romero in reference to affairs: “I had no idea what they were doing …” #LeviChavez
  • Tera’s parents shaking their heads in response to Romero’s testimony. #LeviChavez
  • Romero: When Tera was with #LeviChavez, the world was perfect … when she wasn’t there were problems.
  • Romero: Tera was feeling lonely, isolated, sad. Encouraged her to seek counseling. #LeviChavez
  • State repeatedly objecting to hearsay from Romero, saying what Tera said. #LeviChavez
  • Romero: “#LeviChavez never spoke harshly of Tera … never opened up to me about specific issues.”
  • Romero tearing up on the stand now, says Tera “needed somebody.” #LeviChavez
  • Romero: “They probably should’ve been divorced many years ago.” #LeviChavez
  • Romero: “I wanted them together… For years I guilted #LeviChavez into going back to his family.”
  • Romero: Tera and #LeviChavez were very private in their personal relationship. “I probably know more than I care to right now.”
  • Romero on relationship with Tera’s parents: “We didn’t pal around.” #LeviChavez
  • Romero: “I loved Tera” #LeviChavez
  • Defense calls Rita Romero, Levi’s mother.#LeviChavez
  • Jury is being called back in. This is the first full day the defense has had to lay out its case.#LeviChavez
  • Perea and his attorney Sam Bregman dismissed by judge until 11. Perea’s the third witness up.#LeviChavez
  • State says it wants to question Perea on possible biases, inconsistencies in statements to investigators. #LeviChavez
  • Now talking about Russell Perea’s immunity, ground rules for his testimony. #LeviChavez
  • First issue was over a bill for one of the defense’s experts’ time on a state issue, judge ruled it should be split #LeviChavez
  • Day 16 of the #LeviChavez trial is underway, two defense issues being raised before the jury is brought in. 
  • Russell Perea, #LeviChavez‘s former APD partner, is here at the courthouse. He’s expected to receive immunity and testify today.

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