BERNALILLO, N.M. (KRQE) - Day 11 of the Levi Chavez murder trial began with a DNA forensic expert talking about the gun found where the wife of the now-former cop was found dead.
It was the first piece of hard evidence presented in the case so far.
Jurors also heard from another one of Levi's mistresses.
That mistress, like Levi and Albuquerque Police Department Officer, testified Levi actually moved in with her.
But their relationship ended after she received an angry call from Tera.
Regina Sanchez, the third of Levi's mistresses to testify, said she knew of Chavez growing up in Los Lunas.
The two reconnected in 2006, and he moved in with her in October of that year.
"He brought possessions, clothes, stuff for hygienic things, a gun safe, uniforms, there were some photos," Sanchez testified.
Sanchez said before she got the call from Tera she was under the impression Levi and Tera had separated and were getting a divorce.
"The nature of phone call was to pretty much just get mad at me, ask what was going on," Sanchez said. Levi moved out about a week or two after that call, and they didn't have much contact after that, she added.
Earlier in the morning the state called forensic expert Alanna Williams who did the DNA testing in this case and in particular on Levi's APD-issued weapon found with Tera's body.
"The DNA results for that were Levi Chavez and Tera Chavez were included as contributors in that mixture," she said of material found on the pistol grip.
But because there was so much blood on the gun, she wasn't sure if Tera's DNA came from that or the grip alone.
"Would blood give you the same type of concentration as a long-time period of using the gun?" prosecutor Bryan McKay queried.
"It could, yes," Williams replied.
The state claims Chavez shot Tera once in the mouth while she slept in 2007 and stage the scene to pass for a suicide. The defense counters that a despondent Tera did actually commit suicide.
"Based upon DNA alone can you tell whether Tera Chavez actually shot the gun?" McKay continued.
"No," Williams said.
There was also a pair of sweatpants tested for DNA. Williams said Tera's DNA and an unknown male's hair on the sweats.
Chavez's attorney pointed out on cross-examination that the only DNA from Levi was found on his department issued gun.
Later on Tuesday afternoon the state called another expert to the stand, Dr. Patricia McFeeley from the Office of the Medical Investigator.
Her testimony could be a game-changer for the state if it helps prove there is no way Tera could have shot herself.
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