ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An important witness in the civil trial against former cop and acquitted murder suspect Levi Chavez has died because of an illness.
Former state insurance fraud investigator Richard Farrelly was not allowed to testify during Chavez's murder trial. Chavez was acquitted last month of killing his wife, Tera Chavez, and staging her gunshot death to appear to be a suicide.
Farrelly had been looking into allegations that Chavez staged the theft of his truck to collect the insurance money.
According to an attorney in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Tera Chavez's family, Chavez killed his wife because she was about to turn him in for insurance fraud.
Attorney Brad Hall says even though Farrelly has died there are still dozens of witnesses with equally important testimony.
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