NM Judge Unseals Most Docs In Chavez Case

May 22, 2013

A judge in the case of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife has agreed to unseal most of the pre-trial documents sought by media outlets.

But Sandoval District Court George Eichwald ruled Wednesday that some documents should remain private because he is concerned that if potential jurors hear the information Levi Chavez won't get a fair trial.

Eichwald last month had granted a request from Chavez's attorney, David Serna, to seal all pretrial motions in advance of the June trial.

A coalition of media outlets, including the Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press, Valencia County News-Bulletin, and televisions stations KOAT, KOB and KRQE, challenged that decision.

Prosecutors say Chavez killed his 26-year-old wife, Tera Chavez, and tried to cover it up by making her death look like a suicide.