Former US Congressman Gary Condit is back in the hot seat and making headlines again, after the man convicted of killing Chandra Levy was granted a new trial, set to begin in October.
Attorneys from the District’s Public Defender Service who are representing Ingmar Guandique, 34, say their client is not the person who killed the Washington intern. Instead, the defense claim in new public court documents that Condit, with whom Levy had engaged in an affair, is the “main suspect.”
New court filings filed by the defense, and outlined by the Washington Post, contend that two of Condit’s purported ex-lovers told the FBI that Condit allegedly had a penchant for bondage during sex. One claims the intimate acts were “aggressive,” and that Condit reportedly liked to tie her up. Guandique’s attorneys are seeking to depose those women prior to the October trial.
The Post reports the prosecution had this information from the two witnesses 15 years ago, but the prosecution deemed the information “not relevant” and questioned the credibility of one of the women. As a result, the women’s statements were not disclosed to the defense until the retrial was granted and the judge ordered the State to provide the defense with any potential evidence. The women’s statements about Condit’s interest in rough sex gave the defense an opportunity to potentially argue at trial that he killed Levy, not Guandique. A pair of jogging tights were found near Levy’s body, with each leg tied in a knot. (Neither Guandique’s nor Condit’s DNA was found on the clothing.)
“Aggressive sex involving bondage is not an entirely safe activity, and Mr. Condit would have had a powerful motive to dispose of Ms. Levy’s remains — and her tights that had been tied in knots — if she died during sexual activity with Mr. Condit,” Guandique’s attorneys wrote in the filing.
At the time of her murder, Levy was a 24-year-old intern living and working in Washington, D.C. at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. According to multiple published reports, Condit was initially a suspect, until he was later ruled out.
Guandique was not only found guilty of killing Levy, but the Washington Post said he plead guilty to attacking other women in Rock Creek Park. A pair of jogging tights were found near Levy’s body, with each leg tied in a knot, but Guandique’s DNA was not found on the clothing. (Neither was Condit’s.)
Guandique’s attorneys also believe Condit had a “powerful” motive to kill Levy. Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Sines believes these new court documents were filed with ulterior motives.
“This is sensational, salacious and an effort to taint the jury pool,” Sines told the Washington Post. “They can’t make the argument that he had sex with someone years ago, you can infer he killed Chandra Levy. You can’t do that. You can’t do that with these witnesses.”
It’s possible one of the women may be deposed for a new trial because of an illness that would prevent her from attending the new trial in the fall.
Guandique reportedly maintains his innocence.