Updated: Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011, 12:43 PM MDT
Published : Monday, 01 Aug 2011, 10:31 PM MDT
VALENCIA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) - Valencia County District Attorney Lemuel Martinez says he hasn't ruled out possible criminal charges against APD officers at the murder scene of a co-worker's wife.
APD recently finished an internal affairs investigation of those officers who showed up to Levi and Tera Chavez's Valencia County home shortly after Tera was found shot to death in her bed in 2007.
APD investigated four officers, including Levi Chavez. One officer was cleared, another was recommended for suspension and a third for firing. Chavez was already fired after a grand jury indicted him for Tera's murder.
Police believe he killed her because she was going to tell authorities he staged the theft of his truck. That truck was recovered in Mexico this spring.
Martinez says he can't use information from the I.A. investigation for his own criminal probe. But he says if he receives other evidence in the case, he will move forward with possible charges of tampering with evidence for officers who showed up to the crime scene.
News 13 also obtained a search warrant for the truck. It says Tera reported the truck stolen in 2007. She said she heard the thief smash one of its windows before taking off in the truck. However investigators say all of the windows are intact when it was found, contrary to Tera's claim.
Investigators have also taken finger prints and bodily fluid from the truck. They will turn that evidence over to the D.A.
An attorney for Levi Chavez maintains Tera Chavez committed suicide.