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Former APD officer Levi Chavez gives up certification

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A former Albuquerque police officer recently acquitted of killing his wife has voluntarily relinquished his New Mexico police officer certification.

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy says Levi Chavez recently gave up his certification but he declined to give a reason why.

Chavez can reapply for his certification in three years and must take a course.

The former officer was fired in 2011 following his indictment in connection of the death of his wife, Tera Chavez.

In July, jurors acquitted Chavez of murder following a trial that drew national attention. A wrongful death lawsuit filed against Chavez by his wife’s family was dismissed last week after a settlement was reached.

 

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