NM ex-officer opened account before wife’s death

June 29, 2013 • State News

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque police officer accused of fatally shooting his wife opened his own bank account about a month before her death.

Jurors on Friday heard an audio deposition from Levi Chavez, who is on trial for murder.

According to the deposition, Chavez received his first Social Security deposit of benefits less than 10 days after his 26-year-old wife’s death in 2007.

Chavez is accused of shooting Tera Chavez with his department-issued gun at their Los Lunas home and then trying to make her death look like a suicide.

Albuquerque police detective Heather Chavez married Levi Chavez in July 2008.

She also took the witness stand Friday.

KOB-TV says Heather Chavez testified that she attended Tera Chavez’s funeral and became intimate with Levi Chavez a couple months later.

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