Levi Chavez takes the stand in own murder trial

Posted at: 07/10/2013 7:22 AM
Updated at: 07/10/2013 1:28 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

After getting the night to sleep on his decision, Levi Chavez took the stand in his own defense on Wednesday.

Chavez is the former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife, Tera, and then trying to make her death look like a suicide back in 2007.

Chavez was sworn in just after 9:30 a.m. and began telling the jury his childhood story. He talked about happier times with his wife in 2005, but said he would go to his mother's house when the marital problems began.

He said he wouldn't console Tera when she was upset--he would just leave until she called him to come home.

"I always went back," Chavez said.

He also claimed Tera threatened to hurt herself countless times, but that he never believed her.

Wednesday marks the one month anniversary since Chavez's trial began in Sandoval County.

Thus far, jurors have heard an emotional testimony from Chavez's mother, his wife's father, a number of Chavez's mistresses and a man from Tera's extramarital affairs.

Follow KOB Eyewitness News 4's reporter in the courtroom on Twitter for live updates.