BERNALILLO, N.M. (KRQE) - The acquittal of Levi Chavez Tuesday in the alleged murder of his wife was devastating for members of her family who insist she did not commit suicide.
And of course it was a disappointing outcome for prosecutors and for the Valencia County investigators who handled the case.
Right after verdict the Córdova family left the Valencia County courtroom without stopping to speak with reporters waiting outside.
Tera Chavez's father Joseph Córdova did respond to one reporter who asked if justice had been served. He answered with a simple, "No."
The family believes strongly that Levi killed their daughter in 2007 saying there was no way Tera would do that to herself because of her children and because she had too much to live for.
The family sat in the courtroom for five long weeks hoping Levi would be convicted and in their eyes justice would be served.
Neither lead prosecutor Bryan McKay nor Assistant District Attorney Ann Keener would comment and instead referred reporters to their boss, District Attorney Lemuel Martinez, who is currently out of town but later spoke to News 13's Crystal Gutierrez. She will have his reaction on News 13 at 10 p.m.
Aaron Jones, the lead investigator on the case when he was with the Valencia County Sheriff's Department, did talk with reporters about Tera Chavez's family.
"These people are true victims," he said. They're just salt-of-the-earth people, and it's just an absolute shame, a travesty of justice."
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