Former ABQ Officer Wants Wrongful Death Suit Tossed

Aug 28, 2013

A former Albuquerque police officer recently acquitted of killing his wife wants a civil wrongful death lawsuit against him dismissed or have taxpayers pay for his legal bills.  Levi Chavez made the requests last week in court documents.

According to court papers filed in district court, Chavez says he will represent himself because he is "financially destitute" after his criminal trial.

A jury in July 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, the Albuquerque Police Department, some of its officers and Police Chief Ray Schultz. The city later settled its part.

That civil case is scheduled for trial on Jan. 13.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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