The man who was convicted of killing Washington, D.C. federal agency intern Chandra Levy has been granted a new trial. USA Today says 34-year-old Ingmar Guandique’s attorneys have been working on a retrial for two years and now they’ve won the uphill battle.
The attorneys believe a key witness, Armando Morales, who is also a former gang member and Guandique’s cell-mate, may have lied during the initial trial. Much of his testimony hinged on the successful conviction. Morales reportedly said Guandique told him he was high on drugs and went after Levy for cash when she was murdered almost 15 years ago.
Levy, who was only 24 at the time of her death, was romantically linked to Rep. Gary Condi (D-Calif.). Investigators first looked into Condit, a married congressman, but eventually cleared him of any wrongdoing, reports the Washington Post.
Authorities believe Levy was killed in 2001 after she went jogging in D.C.’s Rock Creek Park, but her remains weren’t found until 2002 when a dog walker stumbled across them in the park. Her body had been exposed to the elements and USA Today says there was technically no physical evidence linking Guandique to her murder.
Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 60 years behind bars. He was also previously convicted of two 2002 attacks against joggers in the same area of Rock Creek Park where Levy’s body was found, the Washington Post reported.
Reports say Guandique continues to maintain his innocence, while the government continues to believe he is the person responsible for the young intern’s killing.
A new trial date will likely be set for next week and the case will be tried before a new jury and new judge.
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