Levi Chavez murder trial nears end

Posted at: 07/12/2013 8:21 AM
Updated at: 07/12/2013 8:31 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

Soon, a jury will decide whether or not to convict a former Albuquerque police officer in the murder of his wife.

Closing arguments in the Levi Chavez trial begin Friday at the judge's order. The trial lasted more than a month, with jurors hearing from mistresses, expert witnesses and parents of both Chavez and his wife, Tera.

In October of 2007, Chavez called police to report Tera had shot herself in their Los Lunas apartment. Chavez's police-issued gun was found by her side. 

Initially, her death was ruled a suicide, but later changed to a homicide by Valencia County investigators.

On Wednesday, Chavez took the stand in his own defense, telling the jury about his rocky relationship with Tera and affairs with other women. When asked if he killed his wife, he responded, "Absolutely not."

The state called Tera's father, Joseph Cordova, to the stand Thursday as a rebuttal witness to Chavez's testimony.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 will be in the courtroom Friday for closing arguments and will stream them on KOB.com/live.