Levi Chavez hearing delays cause cancelation

Posted at: 03/28/2013 6:37 PM
Updated at: 03/28/2013 6:54 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The defendant goes to the wrong courthouse and then shows up more than an hour late, and then there is no hearing at all. It sounds like the same story for years - delay after delay in the case of a former Albuquerque Police Department officer accused of killing his wife.

When Levi Chavez finally showed up to the Valencia County District Courthouse Thursday afternoon, there was supposed to be a hearing about testimony in the case, but after hours of waiting around the hearing never happened.

"We were mistaken, but we understood every hearing was going to happen in Sandoval," Defense Attorney David Serna explained, as he walked with Chavez into the courtroom an hour late.

After another hour behind closed doors, Serna said the judge ruled the hearing premature and to reschedule it closer to the trial scheduled for June - something Serna said he argued beforehand.

Chavez is accused of killing his wife, Tera, in their home in Oct. 2007 and then trying to cover it up to look like a suicide.

Theresa Cordova, Tera's mother, told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that despite the hearing delay, she has faith all testimony will come out before a jury.

"We're hoping that it will all be included, those are things Tera did discuss with us and it's important for her voice to be heard," Cordova said. "We miss her all the time."

As of Thursday evening, there was no set date for when the hearing will be rescheduled.