Chandra Levy Sealed Murder Case Documents Made Public

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Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 01:15 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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More than a decade has passed since the murder of Chandra Levy, the Washington intern whose body was found in a park in 2002, but the case is still making headlines after a judge this week ordered previously sealed transcripts and documents be released to the public.

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher ruled Monday that secret conversations between lawyers and the judge at hearings in February should be unsealed, CNN reported. The court must now grapple with the defense's concerns regarding the testimony of a key prosecution witness.

Ingmar Guandique, a 31-year-old gang member, was convicted of Levy's murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison in 2011 based off the testimony of Armando Morales, a convicted felon who said that Guandique confessed to the killing during a conversation the two had in jail.

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Now Guandique's lawyers are questioning Morales' credibility. The next step is a status hearing on the case, which is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Levy was a 24-year-old intern with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C., in 2001 when she disappeared. Her skull was found in Rock Creek Park a year later.

The investigation became a media spectacle after an affair between Levy and then-U.S. Rep. Gary Condit was uncovered. He was never a suspect but was questioned extensively for details about her whereabouts.

Condit, who served in Congress until 2003, is currently on the board of directors of the Phoenix Institute of Desert Agriculture, a nonprofit group that promotes sustainable farming.

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