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Judge Seals Details in Chandra Levy Case

Friday, 08 Feb 2013 10:18 AM

By Cyrus Afzali

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Although it’s been more than two years since the killer of Washington, D.C. intern Chandra Levy was convicted, key details of the case will remain under seal following a District Superior Court hearing on Thursday, CNN reported Friday.

Judge Gerald Fisher, along with an appeals court, decided to maintain certain restrictions on the media's ability to report on recent hearings in the case held on Dec. 18 and Jan. 4, as well as on a scheduled upcoming hearing.

Transcripts from discussions held at the bench during the hearings remain under seal, and CNN reported that information related to “the reliability of the testimony from a government witness” was also sealed and that participants in the case were not allowed to reveal who the witness in question is.

The Associated Press, Gannett, McClatchy, The Washington Post and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press had all filed court papers seeking to have the information unsealed.

Ingmar Guandique, a 31-year-old gang member, was convicted in 2010 of murdering Levy and sentenced to 60 years in prison after Armando Morales, a convicted felon and former gang member himself, testified that Guandique confessed to the 2001 killing during a conversation the two had in jail.

At the time Guandique was serving time for attacking two other women in Washington's Rock Creek Park, where Levy's badly decomposed remains were discovered in May 2002, a year after she was reported missing.

Jurors found Guandique guilty of one count of murder with kidnapping and one count of murder with attempted robbery, despite a lack of DNA evidence and other witnesses tying him to the murder.

Levy, who was an intern with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, was reportedly involved before her death in an affair with former California Congressman Gary Condit. Condit was questioned by the police when Levy was reported missing and denied any involvement in her disappearance.

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