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Last witness called in NM cop murder trial

(AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Adolphe Pierre-Louis)
Former Albuquerque police officer Levi Chavez, takes the stand in his own defense on Wednesday July 10, 2013 in Albuquerque, N.M. Levi, 32, accused of killing his wife and making her death look like a suicide testified Wednesday about the couple's rocky history and steamy affairs, breaking down as he described ignoring nearly 200 calls from her the day before he says he found her body.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors have called one sole rebuttal witness in the trial of a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife.

Joseph Cordova is the father of the late 26-year-old Tera Chavez. He took the witness stand Thursday in an attempt to counter testimony from Levi Chavez.

Prosecutors say Chavez shot his wife with his department-issued gun in October 2007 at their Los Lunas home and then tried to make her death look like a suicide.

Cordova told jurors that his former son-in-law never offered to give him a piece of his daughter's furniture.

Levi Chavez told jurors Wednesday that that he offered to give his wife's family a cabinet but the family rejected it.

Prosecutors say that's evidence that shows Levi Chavez's credibility is questionable.


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