'Secret Hearings' on Jewish Intern Chandra Levy Murder Continue

By Forward Staff

Published January 25, 2013.

Jewish intern Chandra Levy’s murderer’s case is back in court this week, the AP reported today.

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Levy’s body was discovered in a Washington, D.C. park in 2002, a year after her disappearance. An intern at the U.S. congress, she was revealed to have been having an affair with then-congressman Gary Condit.

An immigrant from El Salvador named Inmar Guandique was convicted of Levy’s murder in 2010. Guandique’s attorneys have been meeting secretly with prosecutors and a federal judge in recent weeks, according to the AP.

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

Guandique was sentenced in 2011 to 60 years in prison for the murder of Levy, who was 24-years-old when she disappeared. 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.”

Condit disappeared from public life after losing his congressional primary in 2002. He was never named a suspect in Levy’s death. He has run ice cream stores and written a book since leaving public life. His son, Chad Condit, ran unsuccessfully for congress in 2012.



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