ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The attorney for Levi Chavez, the former APD officer accused of murdering his wife in 2007, was successful in getting all future legal motions in this case sealed from the public.
Attorneys from both sides were back in court Monday arguing over what evidence should be admitted in Chavez's upcoming murder trial and how much the public should hear before trial.
Chavez is charged with murder for the October 2007 shooting death of his wife Tera with his service weapon in their Valencia county home. Prosecutors believe Tera was killed because she was about to report Levi for insurance fraud after staging the theft of his truck.
Prosecutors asked the judge Monday to once again consider what statement will be admissible in trial. Including statements Tera allegedly made to friends before her death saying if anything happened to her, Levi was responsible.
These issues are usually dealt with in the days leading up to the trial but prosecutors have asked they be dealt with earlier to help them prepare their long list of witnesses.
Chavez's attorney David Serna argued that prosecutors are trying to increase the negative publicity surrounding Chavez before his trial. He then asked that all future motions in this case be sealed from public view to prevent more publicity.
Judge George Eichwald sided with the defense saying he believes someone is tipping off the media about every hearing.
While Chavez's attorney also hinted about the possibility of asking for another new change of venue, the case has already been moved from Valencia County to Sandoval County. Both sides agreed to question potential jurors first to see how much they know about this case.
Chavez's trial is set for June.
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