Media coalition's effort to unseal Chavez court records still undecided
A motion filed by a New Mexico news media coalition to unseal court records in the murder trial against former Albuquerque police officer Levi Chavez is still in limbo.
A state district court judge told attorneys for the coalition, the Albuquerque Journal, Valencia County News-Bulletin, and television stations KOAT, KRQE and KOB, and for Chavez he will decide on the motion next week.
Judge George P. Eichwald's announcement followed nearly two hours of arguments from Chavez's attorney, David Serna, and Charles Peifer, who represents the media organizations that are seeking to have unsealed a handful of pretrial motions Serna filed last month.
The sealed records relate to whether certain evidence should be admitted at the upcoming June trial for Chavez, who is accused of killing his wife, Tera Chavez, in the couple's Las Maravillas home in 2007 and trying to make it look like a suicide.
Levi Chavez was fired from APD after he was indicted by a Valencia County grand jury in April 2012.
Serna had cited possible contamination of the jury pool — an issue news media organizations say can be addressed by questions posed to jurors before they are seated.
The trial, which was moved to Sandoval County from Valencia County , is set to begin June 2.