ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Even though his client won in court, Levi Chavez's attorney David Serna says Chavez has lost a lot fighting a murder charge and a civil case against him the last several years, perhaps more than any other client he's had.
"He got fired when he got indicted, he never got the life insurance policy which went to his kids anyway," Serna said. "He's got a public out there that's not going to accept that he's innocent. There's a mammoth debt, he and his family are in a lot a lot of debt."
Chavez was found not guilty of first degree murder Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors had accused the former APD cop of killing his wife Tera in the couple's Los Lunas home in October 2007 with his department-issued gun.
The trial, which played out over the course of more than a month, laid out Chavez's affairs and love life and his troubled marriage to Tera.
Now that it's over, Serna says his client may look to sue APD for wrongful termination as well as others who have attacked him over the years.
"He is certainly due to be made whole," Serna said. "I'll talk to him about that. We haven't had that conversation yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if he [does] go on the offensive."
On top of that, Serna says Chavez will attempt to get his state law enforcement certification back. It was stripped while the murder charge was pending and a Law Enforcement Academy board member said Chavez has a meeting with the LEA's director in mid-August to discuss getting the certification back.
"I think that too much has gone on and he's young enough that he wants to start a new career," Serna said.
An interview request with Chavez himself was denied today.
KRQE News 13 also reached out to Tera's parents, Joseph and Theresa Cordova, for an interview but did not receive a response directly from them.
Instead, Brad Hall, the attorney representing the Cordova family in the civil case against Chavez, responded with an emailed statement saying the Cordova's would not be making any statements themselves. Hall wrote that he would be conducting a legal analysis to determine what the best course of action forward is.
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