DNA expert testifies in ex-NM policeman’s trial

June 26, 2013 • State News

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A DNA expert has taken the stand in the murder trial of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife.

Albuquerque TV station KOB reports ( ) that Alanna [auth] Williams of the Albuquerque Crime Lab testified Tuesday and told jurors how blood was analyzed on the gun found next to Tera Chavez’s body.

Williams says she found both Levi Chavez and his wife’s DNA on the weapon, but she couldn’t determine if Tera Chavez shot the weapon.

Prosecutors claim Levi Chavez shot his 26-year-old wife with his department-issued gun in 2007 at their Los Lunas home and then tried to make her death look like a suicide.

They allege Chavez killed his wife in part because she discovered he staged the theft of their truck for insurance money.

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