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Former Albuquerque police officer Levi Chavez tried to commit the perfect murder when he shot his wife in 2007 with his department-issued handgun and made it look like suicide, prosecutors claim.
“What is the perfect murder?” prosecutor Bryan McKay asked during opening statements in Chavez’s trial. “It’s one in which people are convinced it’s not a murder.”
Chavez is accused of killing his 26-year-old wife in the couple’s home in Los Lunas, about 25 miles south of Albuquerque. He is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.
Tera Chavez died from a single gunshot wound to the mouth. Jurors on Monday saw crime scene photos, including one that showed the woman slumped in bed, the handgun that was found next to her and one of her husband’s police uniforms in the bedroom armoire.
Defense attorney David Serna disputed the prosecution’s claims, challenging the credibility of their witnesses and the investigation done by the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office. He also said the autopsy evidence was consistent with suicide.
“The truth is Levi Chavez is innocent,” Serna told jurors.
Prior to the defense resting, Levi Chavez took the stand in his own defense.
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