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5:08 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

ABQ Juror: Might Have "Let A Murderer Go Free"

A juror in the trial of a former Albuquerque police officer acquitted of killing his wife says he might have "let a murderer go free."

Fred Trujillo told the Albuquerque Journal on Friday that he regrets finding Levi Chavez not guilty of killing his wife and that barred evidence might have changed his mind.

Chavez was acquitted last month of killing his 26-year-old wife Tera Chavez and making it look like a suicide.

Trujillo said in an interview that he struggled through five weeks of emotional courtroom drama and 11 hours of deliberations in the recently concluded trial.

Defense attorney David Serna convinced a judge to bar evidence about allegations Chavez killed his wife to hide a stage theft of a truck.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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