Judge seals virtually all documents in Levi Chavez murder case (read the motion)

Posted at: 04/22/2013 2:47 PM
Updated at: 04/22/2013 2:58 PM
By: KOB.com staff

A judge has sealed a number of documents in the case against a former APD police officer accused of killing his wife.

District Judge George Eichwald approved a motion Monday to seal the documents in the case against Levi Chavez, who is accused of killing his wife Tera in Oct. 2007 in their Los Lunas home and trying to make it look like a suicide.

Thirteenth Judicial District Attorney Lemuel Martinez confirmed Monday that the seal covers essentially all documents relevant to the case.

In a statement Monday, Martinez told KOB:

“There is a lot of public interest in this case and we feel the documents should be open to the public. The public should know what's going on in this case. But we don't make the decisions. We make the arguments in court and we just lost the battle on this one."

David Serna, the attorney representing Chavez, had this to say to KOB about why he filed the motion to seal:

“The reason is because of the nature of the case and the enormity of innuendo, gossip, misinformation and elements of theories that may not be part of the case.”

Stay with KOB for continuing coverage of this case. 

Read the motion below:

 Motion to seal documents in Levi Chavez case