BERNALILLO, N.M. (KRQE) - The Levi Chavez murder case was a tough one from a prosecution standpoint and a lot of that had to do with the fact that Tera's death was initially investigated as a suicide.
District Attorney Lemuel Martinez and the lead detective on the case admit that made things more difficult. For Tera's family, the verdict was devastating.
Joseph Cordova did not say much as he left the courthouse Tuesday after his former son-in-law was acquitted in the murder of his daughter, but the few words he did utter spoke volumes.
"Justice has not been served," Cordova said as he got into his car and drove away.
Tera's dad, mom, brothers and the rest of her family all waited nearly six years for a verdict they did not want.
"This has been a tough day for the Cordova's," Former VCSO Detective Aaron Jones said.
It was also tough for prosecutors. Anne Keener, the co-counsel in this case was seen crying outside the courthouse after the verdict was delivered.
The state, though, had their work cut out for them from the start, "Because of that initial ruling and because of things that happened," DA Lemuel Martinez said.
Because deputies initially believed Tera's death was a suicide, that changed the way things were handled at the scene that October night, the state said.
It wasn't until days later that lead investigators Aaron Jones started questioning what happened inside the Los Lunas area home.
But by then, some of the evidence, the bedding, mattress and more had been disposed of.
Despite that, Martinez said they were confident in their case.
"I thought we put on a very good case we did the best we can and I thought we were going to get a guilty verdict," said Martinez.
While some of the jurors agreed to be interviewed about what influenced their final decision, they did not want to go on camera or give their names.
"There was a turning point, it was rough but yeah, there was a turning point and I'll just leave it at that," a male juror said.
Another juror said it was an extremely emotional and difficult decision, bringing her and some of the other jurors to tears.
"It's just a sad, sad scenario," she said, adding, "no matter what you chose, nobody's gonna be, not every ones happy and I don't think anybody will be happy."
The District Attorney and Jones said they may not be happy with the verdict, but they certainly respect the jury's decision.
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