Judge Bars, Allows Some Evidence In Chavez Case

Jun 4, 2013

A judge has barred a telephone call alleging insurance fraud in the trial of former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife in 2007.

But state District Judge George P. Eichwald also ruled this week that prosecutors will be allowed to present "numerous paramours" about alleged extramarital affairs by Levi Chavez before the death of his wife.

Chavez is accused of 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.

He is charged with first-degree murder and evidence tampering.

The rulings came as attorneys from both sides work to try to get various evidence and testimony either thrown out or included in a trial that is expect to last weeks.