Former APD Officer Levi Chavez Accuse...

Former APD Officer Levi Chavez Accused In Wife's Death

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WorkingStiff

Carlsbad, CA

#1 Feb 25, 2011
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DA: Charges Still Possible In Wrongful Death Case
Former APD Officer Levi Chavez Accused In Wife's Death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Authorities said criminal charges are still a possibility for former Albuquerque Police Department Officer Levi Chavez in connection with his wife's death three years ago.

District Attorney Lemuel Martinez said charging Chavez for his wife, Tera's, death is a real possibility at the moment.

“I could just say at the beginning it didn't look promising, but it's looking a little different now,” Martinez said.“We feel we're getting close to making a decision on the case.”

Thursday's settlement between the city of Albuquerque and the victim's family has thrust this case back into the spotlight.

After Tera was found dead in Los Lunas, prosecutors said the Albuquerque police arrived to allegedly help Levi with grief counseling and clean up the scene to protect their children. The district attorney said criminal implications are also not out of the question for APD.

“It may be, down the road, a possibility,” Martinez said.

Martinez said, for now, his office will focus on the criminal case against Chavez and bringing justice to a family, who have been waiting years for answers.

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I HAVE ALWAYS SUPPORTED OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT BUT.

THIS CASE REEKS OF AN APD COVER-UP. WHY IS THIS CREEP STILL FREE? IS IT BECAUSE HE IS ABOVE THE LAW? REDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!

WHERE IS THE JUSTICE???!!!
Passive Observer

AOL

#2 Feb 25, 2011
This case is about much, much more than an Albuquerque Police Officer, Levi M. Chavez II, killing his wife, Tera Andrea Chavez, and trying to make it look like suicide. It's also about 1 Albuquerque Police Lieutenant, Shawn O'Connell, 2 Albuquerque Police Sergeants, Ron Olivas and James Silver, and 3 other unnamed Officers apparently helping Levi Chavez also stage the "theft" of a pickup truck, so that Officer Levi Chavez could force his wife, Tera Andrea Chavez, to report it stolen and he could collect top dollar for a fraudulent theft and have someone else make a false police report. It speaks to premeditation in that Chavez got a $100,000 life insurance policy for his late wife, Tera Andrea Chavez the month before she was murdered; modified his wife's insurance policy the WEEK before she was murdered so that it would pay out even in the case of a "suicide"; of the Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants and 4 Patrolmen destroying evidence, and staging a crime scene, and tampering with Tera Andrea Chavez's diary, which had a record of the part everyone played in the fraudulent theft of the pickup truck. If you don't think Chavez was cold-blooded enough, he bought himself a brand-new Cadillac the week after his wife was murdered. Shades of the Menendez Brothers- but at least those 2 thugs didn't try to make their parents' murder look like a suicide! The US Department of Justice needs to jump into this case with both feet and root out the corruption at APD.

Must reading: US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice-

"How Police Supervisory Styles Influence Patrol Officer Behavior", Publication # NCJ194078

"Factors That Influence Public Opinion Of The Police", Publication # NCJ197925

"Satisfaction With Police-What Matters?",
Publication # NCJ194077

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij
WorkingStiff

Carlsbad, CA

#3 Feb 25, 2011
Passive Observer wrote:
This case is about much, much more than an Albuquerque Police Officer, Levi M. Chavez II, killing his wife, Tera Andrea Chavez, and trying to make it look like suicide. It's also about 1 Albuquerque Police Lieutenant, Shawn O'Connell, 2 Albuquerque Police Sergeants, Ron Olivas and James Silver, and 3 other unnamed Officers apparently helping Levi Chavez also stage the "theft" of a pickup truck, so that Officer Levi Chavez could force his wife, Tera Andrea Chavez, to report it stolen and he could collect top dollar for a fraudulent theft and have someone else make a false police report. It speaks to premeditation in that Chavez got a $100,000 life insurance policy for his late wife, Tera Andrea Chavez the month before she was murdered; modified his wife's insurance policy the WEEK before she was murdered so that it would pay out even in the case of a "suicide"; of the Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants and 4 Patrolmen destroying evidence, and staging a crime scene, and tampering with Tera Andrea Chavez's diary, which had a record of the part everyone played in the fraudulent theft of the pickup truck. If you don't think Chavez was cold-blooded enough, he bought himself a brand-new Cadillac the week after his wife was murdered. Shades of the Menendez Brothers- but at least those 2 thugs didn't try to make their parents' murder look like a suicide! The US Department of Justice needs to jump into this case with both feet and root out the corruption at APD.
Must reading: US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice-
"How Police Supervisory Styles Influence Patrol Officer Behavior", Publication # NCJ194078
"Factors That Influence Public Opinion Of The Police", Publication # NCJ197925
"Satisfaction With Police-What Matters?",
Publication # NCJ194077
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij
Agree!
WADE

Roswell, NM

#4 Apr 7, 2011
Absolutely correct. The Dept. Of Justice DOES need to jump in here with an industrial vacuum and make a clean sweep through the APD. This is aiding and abbeting a murder and fraud. Please check the formal complaint filed on behalf of Tera Chavez available at weekly alibi .com. Check the details. It's very informative...
Darren

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Apr 7, 2011
She was a beautiful young woman. These apd cops need to spend the rest of their lives in prison. All of them, not just Levi.
WorkingStiff

Carlsbad, CA

#6 Apr 8, 2011
WADE wrote:
Absolutely correct. The Dept. Of Justice DOES need to jump in here with an industrial vacuum and make a clean sweep through the APD. This is aiding and abbeting a murder and fraud. Please check the formal complaint filed on behalf of Tera Chavez available at weekly alibi .com. Check the details. It's very informative...
Chavez has been indicted for her murder. How many years after this happenned? But at least he is going to pay. Yes, the Dept of Justice and our attorney general should step in. This whole thing smells like a 7 day old mackerel rotting in the sun.

Since: Dec 10

Albuquerque

#7 Apr 8, 2011
Amen
ZIAmouth

Santa Fe, NM

#8 Apr 11, 2011
The Eye On Albuquerque is reporting that Levi Chavez's "new" wife (Heather Hindi) is the former step-daughter of Kari Brandenburg, our illustrious DA. Makes one wonder why its took over three years to indict this guy.

http://eyeonalbuquerque.blogspot.com/2011/04/...

Since: Dec 10

Albuquerque

#9 Apr 11, 2011
ZIAmouth wrote:
The Eye On Albuquerque is reporting that Levi Chavez's "new" wife (Heather Hindi) is the former step-daughter of Kari Brandenburg, our illustrious DA. Makes one wonder why its took over three years to indict this guy.
http://eyeonalbuquerque.blogspot.com/2011/04/...
Oh brother.

The crime (allegedly) took place in Valencia County. Not a lot Kari can do about that.

The name Hindi comes up repeatedly in APD stories. I sometimes wonder if the whole family is in law enforcement.

Also allegedly, there's hanky-panky going on with:

(A) Darren White's new wife, who allegedly tipped off the owner of a body shop that the FBI was about to raid them over a drug ring. Meanwhile a fellow officer gets indicted for it, and White sits by and doesn't say anything.

(B) Fire Chief Breen's fiancee, who allegedly drove drunk in February and then tried to use White's name to get out of it.

I support law enforcement - or try to - but sometimes they make it difficult to defend them.
ZIAmouth

Santa Fe, NM

#10 Apr 18, 2011
Finally looks like Levi Chavez is out of a job. KOAT is reporting he was fired:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Recently indicted officer Levi Chavez was terminated from the Albuquerque Police Department on Monday.
Chavez was charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence in connection with his wife’s 2007 death.
Authorities said Tera Chavez was shot in the head a few years ago, but it was only recently that the case against her husband started to heat up.
Authorities have speculated that the former Albuquerque police officer shot and killed his wife with his city-issued gun and that it wasn't suicide, as initially suspected.
Chavez has not been on the streets as an officer since November 2007. Then, he was placed on administrative leave until July 31, 2009. During that time he earned $72,052.58.
On Aug. 1, 2009, Chavez was placed on administrative assignment with the animal welfare department. He earned $83,576 while on that assignment.
Chavez’s attorney said his client is eager to be exonerated.
http://www.koat.com/news/27589664/detail.html
WorkingStiff

Carlsbad, CA

#11 Apr 20, 2011
ZIAmouth wrote:
Finally looks like Levi Chavez is out of a job. KOAT is reporting he was fired:
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Recently indicted officer Levi Chavez was terminated from the Albuquerque Police Department on Monday.
Chavez was charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence in connection with his wife’s 2007 death.
Authorities said Tera Chavez was shot in the head a few years ago, but it was only recently that the case against her husband started to heat up.
Authorities have speculated that the former Albuquerque police officer shot and killed his wife with his city-issued gun and that it wasn't suicide, as initially suspected.
Chavez has not been on the streets as an officer since November 2007. Then, he was placed on administrative leave until July 31, 2009. During that time he earned $72,052.58.
On Aug. 1, 2009, Chavez was placed on administrative assignment with the animal welfare department. He earned $83,576 while on that assignment.
Chavez’s attorney said his client is eager to be exonerated.
http://www.koat.com/news/27589664/detail.html
Unbelievable he had his job this long. Friends in high places and or a union that surely made it hard to smoke him.
Desert Dog

Las Vegas, NV

#12 Jul 7, 2013
Passive Observer wrote:
This case is about much, much more than an Albuquerque Police Officer, Levi M. Chavez II, killing his wife, Tera Andrea Chavez, and trying to make it look like suicide. It's also about 1 Albuquerque Police Lieutenant, Shawn O'Connell, 2 Albuquerque Police Sergeants, Ron Olivas and James Silver, and 3 other unnamed Officers apparently helping Levi Chavez also stage the "theft" of a pickup truck, so that Officer Levi Chavez could force his wife, Tera Andrea Chavez, to report it stolen and he could collect top dollar for a fraudulent theft and have someone else make a false police report. It speaks to premeditation in that Chavez got a $100,000 life insurance policy for his late wife, Tera Andrea Chavez the month before she was murdered; modified his wife's insurance policy the WEEK before she was murdered so that it would pay out even in the case of a "suicide"; of the Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants and 4 Patrolmen destroying evidence, and staging a crime scene, and tampering with Tera Andrea Chavez's diary, which had a record of the part everyone played in the fraudulent theft of the pickup truck. If you don't think Chavez was cold-blooded enough, he bought himself a brand-new Cadillac the week after his wife was murdered. Shades of the Menendez Brothers- but at least those 2 thugs didn't try to make their parents' murder look like a suicide! The US Department of Justice needs to jump into this case with both feet and root out the corruption at APD.
Must reading: US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice-
"How Police Supervisory Styles Influence Patrol Officer Behavior", Publication # NCJ194078
"Factors That Influence Public Opinion Of The Police", Publication # NCJ197925
"Satisfaction With Police-What Matters?",
Publication # NCJ194077
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij
I agree with just about everything in your post except the part about getting the Dept. of Justice involved, Eric Holder and Obama are just as corrupt!

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