Chandra Levy's Father Says 'Secret' May Reopen Jewish Intern's Murder Case

Congressional Aide Was Brutally Slain in Explosive 2001 Story

By Forward Staff

Published January 24, 2013.
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Chandra Levy’s father reportedly says prosecutors have told him that the sensational murder of his congressional intern daughter has become entangled by a problem with a witness during the trial of a man convicted of the killing.

Robert Levy told Fox News he had been told the talks involve a witness, but didn’t know specifics.

“It’s all secret,” Levy said of the meetings between federal prosecutors and defense lawyers, Fox reported. “No one is allowed in there. It’s about some witness.”

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Lawyers from both sides have met in secret over the information, USA Today reported. The information about a prosecution witness reportedly could undermine testimony in the case.

Ingmar Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was sentenced in 2011 to 60 years in prison for the murder of Levy, a 24-year-old intern whose remains were found in a Washington park in 2002 nearly a year after she disappeared the previous summer.

Lawyers for Guandique and the U.S. Justice Department have appeared twice in court since December, and they reportedly locked the doors to the courtroom on one occasion. They also had the hearings and legal files sealed from the public.

His appeal has been put on hold until the new information is sorted out. Guandique is scheduled to appear at a court hearing on Feb. 7.

Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher said the secrecy regarding the trial is for “safety concerns,” leaving information about which witness is in question unknown.

“Our concern is that we are without our daughter,” said Levy’s parents, who are in the dark about the new developments. “We hope they don’t let a rapist and murderer out because of some technicality.”

Levy’s disappearance became of national interest when it was reported that she was having an affair with Gary Condit, a congressman from California, at the time. Condit was cleared of any involvement with Levy’s disappearance but lost his seat in Congress in a 2002 primary election.

In November, a jury convicted Guandique of two counts of first-degree felony murder – one related to Levy’s kidnapping and one related to a robbery attempt.

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