BERNALILLO, N.M. (KRQE) - Regina Córdova was in tears on the witness stand Friday.
She was holding a journal written by her husband's sister, Tera Chavez.
Minutes earlier, Córdova told jurors about her relationship with Tera.
"When you first met her she was real quiet, and then the more you get to know her she was really funny," Córdova said.
Former Albuquerque Police Department Office Levi Chavez says he found his estranged wife Tera dead in their Los Lunas home 2007, shot once in the head with his APD-issued gun.
Investigators initially believed it was a suicide, but Córdova testified that was hard to believe because of her love for her children.
"Did Tera ever express that she was going to hurt herself?" lead prosecutor Bryan McKay asked.
"No," Córdova responded.
Córdova also testified that Tera bought groceries and rented movies the weekend she died.
"She expected to spend the weekend with Levi, right?" defense attorney David Serna asked.
"She was hoping to do that," Córdova responded.
The defense claims because that romantic weekend never happened, it helped push a heartbroken Tera Chavez to shoot herself.
The state's claim is that Levi shot his wife partly to keep her from turning him in for staging the theft of his truck to collect the insurance money.
Earlier Friday, prosecutors were hoping another witness, neighbor Jeannie Morrow, could help prove Levi Chavez was at the home during the timeframe his wife died.
Morrow initially said she spotted Levi in his driveway Saturday, a day after he told investigators he was last at the home.
But that claim crumbled on cross-examination. Serna showed Morrow her work schedule and pointed to statements she made to investigators the night police found Tera dead as being in conflict with her testimony.
Morrow backtracked saying she spotted Levi on Wednesday, well before Tera died.
Levi Chavez's trial opened Monday after being moved to Sandoval County on a change of venue from Valencia County. It is expect to last several more weeks.
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