Levi Chavez Trial, Live Blog Day 21

July 12th, 2013 at 9:03 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)

  • Judge has given the case to the jury, they’ll pick a foreperson and start deliberations Monday morning. #LeviChavez
  • Judge admonishing jury not to talk about the case at all. #LeviChavez
  • Judge says remaining twelve jurors should pick foreperson, but not deliberate today. #LeviChavez
  • Six alternate jurors taken out of the courtroom. #LeviChavez
  • Judge now reading jury instructions on how to deliberate, come to a verdict. #LeviChavez
  • Keener has wrapped up her rebuttal. #LeviChavez
  • Keener: Tera was sitting in front of a picture of her children, knew that her kids would’ve found her. #LeviChavez
  • Keener: So-called “suicide note” had to be written days in advance, was a venting note Tera tore up. #LeviChavez
  • Keener: Tera had plans, it didn’t make sense for her to commit suicide, but it made sense for #LeviChavez, a lot of sense.
  • Keener: Call to Insurance Fraud Bureau corroborates Rose Slama’s testimony that Tera told her about stolen truck. #LeviChavez
  • Keener: #LeviChavez jumped in the shower after shooting Tera.
  • Keener: It takes a fraction of a second to put a gun in somebody’s mouth and pull the trigger. She didn’t have time to resist. #LeviChavez
  • Keener: #LeviChavez didn’t leave this gun, he had it with him.
  • Keener put on a glove to handle APD-issued gun Tera was shot with, but used ungloved hand to hold it anyway. #LeviChavez
  • Keener: #LeviChavez knows how to delete. He knows how to delete texts, he knows how to delete files, he knows how to delete people.
  • Keener: #LeviChavez discards everyone once they don’t have a use for him.
  • Keener: #LeviChavez switched branches of the military so he could fill out forms to know Tera’s “suicide” would be covered.
  • Keener repeats: This was a plan, this was cold, this was calculated, this was premeditated. #LeviChavez
  • Keener: Debra Romero was a means to an end, she was convenient for him. #LeviChavez
  • Juror coughing, breaks Keener’s rebuttal temporarily, juror says something went down the wrong pipe. #LeviChavez
  • Keener on #LeviChavez : This is a cold cold man. This plan was calculated, not spur of the moment.
  • Keener: No matter how much Debra Romero was badgered by Serna she kept saying she didn’t know when #LeviChavez came home.
  • Keener: #LeviChavez was the one who deleted the temporary files, nobody else had a motive to do that.
  • Keener: I don’t think this was a coverup, but police circled the wagons and believed what #LeviChavez showed them.
  • Keener: It was #LeviChavez who sent text on Tera’s phone saying she was going to hurt herself.
  • Keener: #LeviChavez knew a suicide would be an open and shut case, knew how they would be investigated.
  • Keener to jury: Don’t listen to the tears on 9-1-1 tape, listen to what #LeviChavez said.
  • Keener: #LeviChavez knew in a divorce a lot of his secrets would come out, and he has a lot of secrets.
  • Keener: #LeviChavez knew in a divorce a lot of his secrets would come out, and he has a lot of secrets.
  • Keener: The defense would have you believe she killed herself because #LeviChavez didn’t come home. He’d been doing that since she was 15.
  • Keener: You’ve heard how #LeviChavez isn’t very sophisticated. This is a man who can keep three or four women at the air at the same time.
  • Keener: Tera didn’t know #LeviChavez had his own plan and that plan was to murder her.
  • Keener: To that man (#LeviChavez) this case was a stage and he’s trying to play everyone. The first person was Tera.
  • Co-prosecutor Anne Keener up giving the state’s rebuttal. #LeviChavez
  • In short recess before state gets its chance at rebuttal. Serna said that’s where the state will use its “zingers”. #LeviChavez
  • Serna’s final words to jury: When #LeviChavez walked in here an innocent man, you are going to say he can walk out of here an innocent man.
  • Serna addressing the jury… “I don’t want you to forget the evidence in this case.” #LeviChavez
  • Serna: Tera was convinced #LeviChavez had let her go and wanted to punish him, show him family is the most important thing.
  • Serna laying out play by play of Tera’s last moments from her phone records. 1:45 AM she makes her last call to #LeviChavez
  • Serna: “I’m almost done.” He’s almost out of time too. #LeviChavez
  • Serna pointing out other times #LeviChavez turned his cell phone off in the months before Tera’s death.
  • Serna on note Tera wrote: This was a goodbye note to everyone she loved… This was a suicide note. #LeviChavez
  • Serna reading Tera’s journal: “Please let me disappear, let me fall off the face of the earth.” #LeviChavez
  • Serna now talking about his suicidologist’s testimony, reading Tera’s diary, sections about depression, to the jury. #LeviChavez
  • Serna trying to bolster his forensic expert and repeats question to jury: “Are you convinced beyond a reasonable doubt?” #LeviChavez
  • Serna: If you’re shoving a gun in someone’s mouth, wouldn’t that person shake their head or struggle? #LeviChavez
  • ok guys @AlexG_Reporter is picking things up for me while I prep for tv… #LeviChavez
  • #LeviChavez holding a rosary while his attorney deliver’s his closing statement.
  • Serna now has the glock that killed Tera Chavez in his hand.. doing demo for the jury.. state used fake gun.. #LeviChavez
  • Serna just cracked himself up in refuting state’s interpretation of testimony about whether the gun had been wiped clean #LeviChavez
  • Serna says the state mentioned something about the gun being wiped clean during its closing, says that is not the case #LeviChavez
  • Serna says the state mentioned something about the gun being wiped clean during its closing, says that is not the case #LeviChavez
  • Serna now onto experts who testified #LeviChavez
  • Now Serna bringing up Joseph Cordova testimony from yesterday, the state’s one & only rebuttal witness #LeviChavez
  • Jury coming back in now.. Serna still up #LeviChavez
  • For those keeping track.. Serna has about an hour left… remains to be seen if he will use it all #LeviChavez
  • Judge calls for a 10 minute break #LeviChavez
  • Serna says he is scared to turn off his cell phone now cause he might be accused of murder #LeviChavez
  • Serna says both alibi witnesses said #LeviChavez was with them when he was supposed to be, “closes the window of opportunity’
  • Serna asking the jury now which alibi witness is more believable, Romero or Perea #LeviChavez
  • Serna says Jones ‘got to Debra Romero’ #LeviChavez alibi witness
  • Serna also doing impressions of Jones, the state and others during his closing. #LeviChavez
  • Serna discussing ‘moving targets’ basically that the state had a bunch of different theories as to why #LeviChavez killed his wife
  • Serna getting more and more animated as he goes along. #LeviChavez
  • Serna asking the jury.. “starting to show some reasonable doubt folks?” #LeviChavez
  • Serna moving on from Jones… now to ‘the women’ #LeviChavez
  • Serna marking off items on his papers kind of dramatically.. mic is picking it up clearly #LeviChavez
  • Now going over Jones’ job history.. says he was fired from every job except 2, says the pattern is always the same. #LeviChavez
  • There it is again.. Serna says “Aaron Jones is a liar and dishonest cop” #LeviChavez
  • Serna says lies include, APD conspiracy, new insurance policy, stolen truck, fake handwriting #LeviChavez
  • Serna now listing Jones’ lies.. #LeviChavez
  • Serna says he told the jury in his opening statement Aaron Jones was a liar.. says now he’s going to show them all the lies #LeviChavez
  • Serna saying now.. “I want to talk about Aaron Jones” #LeviChavez.
  • Serna picking up right where he left off #LeviChavez
  • Once again you can watch the closing arguments in the #LeviChavez trial here: krqe.com/generic/news/l…
  • Ok folks… things about to get underway here.. Judge let’s Serna know he has 2 hours left. #LeviChavez
  • #LeviChavez sitting at defense table by himself looks like he’s going over notes.
  • Lunch break… Serna will resume his closing at 1:30 #LeviChavez
  • Serna says more than 20k pages of documents with ‘enumerable different wild theories’ #LeviChavez
  • Serna says “I don’t have a power point.. but I’m outside the box” referring to prosecutor’s power point for their closing. #LeviChavez
  • Serna gets a crack at prosecutors also after telling the jury #LeviChavez turned the light on… saying ‘stop your chortling state’
  • @KRQEcrystal will have a look at closings so far coming up at noon.. & more at 4.. #LeviChavez
  • Serna says Jones wasn’t trying to find out the truth.. trying to beat the story of #LeviChavez killing Tera into everyone’s head.
  • Serna taking quite a few shots at former VCSO Det., Aaron Jones.. Most recent, “back when he had an office” #LeviChavez
  • Serna says #LeviChavez was naively thinking that yes, it would be over in a week, because he was innocent.
  • The commentary by Serna on McKay’s closing is interesting to watch/listen to… #LeviChavez
  • Serna says #LeviChavez‘ story has never changed.
  • Serna says “we’re not on trial for #LeviChavez being self centered cause if we were we’d just plead guilty.”
  • Serna now talking about ‘lay witnesses’ witnesses who were neither cops nor experts #LeviChavez
  • Serna says #LeviChavez wanted to tell his story, wanted to testify
  • Serna tells jury to go through all the evidence.. dig through it cause the more you do the more it supports #LeviChavez story.
  • Serna says the state has been able to ‘cobble together a semi-believable, made up story’ #LeviChavez
  • Serna naming off all the agencies involved in investigating this case.. 7 different agencies #LeviChavez
  • Serna again calls out media for ‘packs of lies’ during the last few yrs while #LeviChavez was under investigation
  • Serna says he is ‘here to talk to you about everything Mr. McKay said.. everything.” #LeviChavez
  • Serna bringing his own prop… showing a chart with ranges of doubt #LeviChavez
  • Serna says the only truth in a criminal case are ‘are the allegations true against him or not’ #LeviChavez
  • court back in session.. Serna thanking jury for their time and service #LeviChavez
  • remember each side gets three hours… McKay used about 1:30.. that leaves him 1:30 after defense’s closing #LeviChavez
  • McKay finishes with round one of closing… taking a recess before defense begins #LeviChavez
  • McKay says ‘he’s a changed man” then adds… “changed man for his jury.” #LeviChavez
  • eke.. some fbombs being dropped.. be wary live stream watchers.. #LeviChavez
  • McKay says ‘you decided what weight to give Dr. Berman…” Berman was the suicidologist #LeviChavez
  • Serna calling for bench conference in middle of McKay’s closing.. #LeviChavez
  • McKay says if there is a ‘smoking gun in this case its the unseated magazine’ #LeviChavez
  • McKay getting after the defense experts… calls one ‘ultimate jack of all trades, master of none” #LeviChavez
  • court back in session, state resumes closing#LeviChavez
  • Court taking a break… 10 minute recess#LeviChavez
  • Tera’s family in tears after McKay puts up photos of their Grandkids.. #LeviChavez
  • McKay saying the note found by bed was not a suicide note. #LeviChavez
  • McKay saying “really?” a lot… #LeviChavez
  • #LeviChavez sitting up straight.. not really showing any emotion during McKay’s closing.
  • McKay says “of course Tera’s father, Joseph Cordova doesn’t like #LeviChavez he killed his daughter”
  • McKay going through ‘the women’ from Regina Sanchez, to Heather ‘Hindi’ #LeviChavez
  • McKay just said “Rose Slama, not the most sophisticated lady.” Still says she told the truth under oath. #LeviChavez
  • McKay now going through sequence of events, 911 call, interviews with police etc., #LeviChavez
  • McKay now explaining ‘reasonable doubt’#LeviChavez
  • McKay sites ‘thin blue line’ says while officers may not have intentionally covered up for#LeviChavez they certainly rallied around him
  • McKay is getting really into his demonstration with fake gun… #LeviChavez
  • McKay has a fake gun in his hand… #LeviChavez
  • McKay starting his closing arguments now..#LeviChavez
  • Judge just told the jurors about the call made to the fraud insurance bureau regarding#LeviChavez stolen truck
  • Judge Eichwald reading jury instructions now#LeviChavez
  • Jury coming in now.. each side will have 3 hours for their closings. #LeviChavez
  • Good morning… closing arguments set to begin shortly in the #LeviChavez murder trial.

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