BERNALILLO, N.M. (KRQE) - It's there clear as day.
On November 27, 2006, somebody used the laptop computer for Levi and Tera Chavez to search for a chilling phrase--"how to klll somebody"--and view an article on the subject.
Less than a year later, Tera Chavez was dead, shot with Levi's Albuquerque Police Department-issued gun in the couple's Los Lunas home. Levi, who contends he found Tera's body after she committed suicide, is on trial for first-degree murder.
On Friday Officer Michael Brookreson, a digital forensic investigator, testified that it's almost impossible to tell who was behind the keyboard at any given time, although patterns of search results can give you a pretty good idea.
If that's the case, then the search results right after "how to kill somebody" would point to a guy and almost certainly Levi Chavez, including a string of porn-related searches in the minutes that followed.
Another interesting search on the computer came five days before Tera's death looking up APD Officer Heather Hindi, a woman Levi met for the first time about a week before that. The two would soon become an item.
Heather Hindi Cha vez on Friday took the stand in her husband's murder trial.
The relationship between Levi and Heather bloomed quickly after Tera's death. Less than a month later, Heather sent Levi a text envisioning herself as Levi's wife. A month after that, Levi gave her a ring.
The couple has been married for nearly five years now, but Heather told the jury Friday that Tera remains a big part of the family's lives. Heather and Levi are raising the two children Levi and Tera had together.
"They definitely are aware who Tera is," Heather testified. "They know everything about their mother. We have stories, we celebrate her birthday, they have pictures on the wall, they have her clothing."
The state is expected to wrap up its case against Levi Chavez on Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning as the trial moves into its fourth week.
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