Nearly a year ago in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tera Chavez, a 26-year-old mother of two, was found in the marital home—dead with a single gunshot wound to her face. A blood-stained suicide note was present, but, according to investigators, it was not written by Tera.
The weapon found at the scene—a service revolver issued to her husband, Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Officer Levi Chavez.
Initially, Tera's death was ruled a suicide. Several months later, that ruling was changed to Homicide.
In August of this year, lawyers for the family hired attorney Brad Hall and filed a lawsuit against the police department for tampering with a crime scene, destroying evidence, and for interfering with another department's investigation out of their jurisdiction. According to the lawsuit, officers flushed evidence down the toilet, removed blood-stained bedding, and tore out specific sections of the mattress where Tera's body had been discovered.
Why would nine officers from a different county care about this particular crime scene? . . .
They have reason to be concerned. Numerous APD officers were allegedly involved in an insurance fraud scheme. Somehow Tera was brought into the scheme by her husband Levi Chavez in a plot to rip off insurance companies. Because Tera refused to go along with her husband's "blue buddies" she was a liability to the nine officers.
Just three days prior to Tera'a mysterious death, she contacted investigators from the State informing them of the insurance fraud scam. According to family members, her husband Levi Chavez was livid.
It should also be no surprise that Tera Chavez told friends and family members that "if something happens to me it was no accident, Levi is responsible."
Levi Chavez also painted a picture to co-workers, family, and friends that Tera was depressed and he was worried she could hurt herself. The same orchestra is playing the familiar "abuser" song. With a few too many sour, blood-stained notes.
Women involved in a "Violent Blue" relationship ending in their deaths have been denied justice: Natalie Wagner, Milwaukee WI; Valarie Fiorenza, Saugus, MA; and Melanies McCraken, Albuquerque, NM. The families of these women—who were either dating or married to someone in law enforcement when their lives were cut short—fought to see those responsible behind bars and were unsuccessful.
Breaking the code and holding those responsible is a long journey.
But I am confident justice will prevail in the death of Tera Chavez. (State of New Mexico_Tera_Chavez_Lawsuit_8-1802998.docx)Tweet