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Review of officers connected to Chavez case complete

Albuquerque police say the internal affairs case against four officers surrounding the death of Tera Chavez, including her husband, Levi Chavez who has been charged with her murder, is complete.

Police in a statement late Thursday said three out of the four officers investigated have been given proposed disciplines from a suspension up to termination. Chavez was fired in April, after the indictment was handed down by a grand jury in Valencia County.

Chief of Police Ray Schultz must make the final decision on any discipline or termination.

The identity of officers other than Chavez who were investigated will not be released until Friday, according to an APD spokesperson.

Tera Chavez's family has filed a civil suit against Levi.

Levi is accused of staging a suicide after killing Tera. After Valenica County deputies responded to the scene, a number of APD officers including a lieutenant showed up. They stand accused of removing possible evidence from the scene.

Chief Schultz has long said the officers were there to help console Levi Chavez with his wife's suicide and Valencia County investigators invited them into the crime scene.


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