BERNALILLO, N.M. (KRQE) - Week two of the Levi Chavez murder trial ended with another lover on the stand although this time it was Tera's, and not one of Levi's.
All week prosecutors have been trying to show Tera would not have killed herself, but testimony from some of the state's witnesses on Friday may have backfired.
Tera's younger brother Aaron Córdova was the second witness called to testify Friday.
For the most part he reiterated what his dad and Tera's friends told jurors earlier in the week, that Tera had everything to live for, that she never would have shot herself.
"She was a great mom, you know, very proud of her kids, very caring for her kids, everything was first for the kids," Córdova said.
The state spent the week painting the 26-year-old mother of two as a woman looking to move on from her crumbling marriage.
Prosecutors also poked holes in Levi's alibi on the night Tera is believed to have died.
Chavez has always said he went straight to a girlfriends house after work that Saturday night.
Wednesday afternoon they called that girlfriend, Debra Romero, to the witness stand.
"I don't know what time he got there," Romero testified. "I know that he got off at midnight. I know that he was there sometime after midnight after his shift. It wasn't the early morning hours."
Chavez, a former Albuquerque Police officer, is accused of shooting Tera once in the mouth with his department-issued gun in their Los Lunas home and then staging it to look like a suicide.
Friday afternoon the state called APD Officer Nick Wheeler to the stand. Wheeler was having an affair with Tera.
He told the jury he broke it off in the weeks before Tera's death.
"She was upset. She basically said she wanted somebody to love her," Wheeler said.
At that Chavez's Attorney David Serna seized the opportunity to show the jury that Tera was infatuated with Wheeler and was not ready to let him go.
"Back in November 2007, a week or so after she died, you believed that she was obsessed with you?" Serna asked Wheeler to which he replied, "If it says that, yes sir."
Serna's theory is that the rejection from Wheeler and Levi was enough to send a "desperate" Tera over the edge.
Prosecutor Bryan McKay tried to salvage Wheeler's testimony by turning that theory on its head.
"When you told her it was over, did she threaten to hurt herself in any way?" McKay asked, to which Wheeler replied, "No sir".
During his cross-examination, Serna also pressed Wheeler on his conversations with Aaron Jones, the lead investigator on the case.
Wheeler said the two were friends and that he did call Jones the night Tera's body was found but only to find out what, if anything, Jones knew about his and Tera's affair.
Then the questioning shifted with Serna asking Wheeler whether or not his DNA or fingerprints were collected as part of the investigation. Wheeler said they were not.
At one point Serna brought up a pair of sweat pants found in Tera's washing machine saying they had an unknown male hair found on them.
"They never said, 'Gee, Nick, how 'bout you give us one of your hairs?'" Serna said. Wheeler replied, "No sir."
Wheeler's wife Samantha is scheduled to testify Monday when the trial resumes.
Samantha Wheeler was Tera's maid of honor at her wedding to Levi; all three of them went to high school together.
Nick Wheeler said that he later found out Samantha knew Tera was having an affair, but he said she didn't tell him specifically that Tera had said his name when mentioning the affair.
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