Jurors reach verdict in murder trial of ex-officer

Associated Press

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a former Albuquerque police officer charged with killing his estranged wife.

The jury of nine women and three men was just a few hours into their second day of deliberations on Tuesday when they signaled they had reached a consensus in the murder trial of Levi Chavez. Their verdict is expected to be read around 4:30 p.m.

Prosecutors say the 32-year-old Chavez killed 26-year-old Tera Chavez with his department-issued gun in October 2007 and tried to make her death look like a suicide.

Chavez's attorney says Tera Chavez took her own life because of her volatile marriage and a crumbling affair.

Chavez acknowledged having a string of mistresses, searching a website on how to kill someone with martial arts moves and ignoring his wife's calls for help. He denied killing her.

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