Closing Arguments Begin in Case of Ex-Cop Accused of Killing Wife

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - After getting nearly 200 phone calls from his estranged wife in one day, prosecutors say a former Albuquerque police officer went to her house while she was asleep, shoved his department-issued gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger.

Assistant District Attorney Bryan McKay laid out the scenario in closing arguments Friday, saying Levi Chavez committed "cold-blooded, calculated, planned-out murder."

Chavez is accused of killing his 26-year-old wife, Tera Chavez, on Oct. 20, 2007.

The defense contends she committed suicide because she was depressed over the couple's troubled marriage and her husband's repeated affairs.

Both sides have three hours Friday to wrap up their case before sending it to the jury.

Just before court adjourned, Tera Chavez's family put a bracelet with her name on the wrist of prosecutor Anne Keener.

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