NM ex-officer: I can’t pay court fees from trial

October 1, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque police officer recently acquitted of killing his wife says he can’t afford to pay the court fees from his criminal trial.

KOAT-TV reports ( that Levi Chavez’s [auth] attorney, David Serna, filed a motion last month asking a judge to declare his client indigent.

The document says Chavez “has been unemployed for two years and five months” and now, as a full-time student, “his debt far exceeds any income.”

Chavez owes around $3,000 in fees for the processing of questionnaires mailed to prospective jurors.

A jury last month acquitted Chavez of killing his wife, 26-year-old Tera Chavez.

But the family of Tera Chavez filed the civil lawsuit in 2008 against Levi Chavez

That civil case is scheduled for trial in January.

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