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 (http://bit.ly/1eXETHE) that Levi Chavez’s 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.