The mother of Chandra Levy, the Capitol Hill intern who was murdered in 2001 has admitted in a new interview that she has doubts about whether the man convicted in her daughter’s murder is actually the killer.
Susan Levy told CNN’s Anderson Cooper she is only 85% sure that Ingmar Guandique is the murderer.
‘I would like to have the truth come out and to be able to know we have the right person,’ Susan Levy said, according to the Daily Mail of London.
Susan Levy said she has long harbored doubts about the involvement of Guandique, who was convicted largely on the testimony of a jailhouse snitch who claimed his confessed to the sensational crime.
‘I am a mother lion and like mother lions, they go into their intuitive stomach part and their mind and just in an intuitive feeling, I feel that [doubt],’ she said in an interview set to air on Monday, March 4.
The slain intern’s father, Robert Levy, has also said Guandique should be freed if it’s not certain he killed Chandra Levy.
The Levy case suddenly burst back into the public in recent months after revelations surfaced that there were undisclosed “issues” with a witness in the case.
A judge has held several closed-door hearings in the murder case and lawyers for Guandique, who is serving 60 years in prison, have demanded a new trial. The judge cited unspecificed “safety” concerns as the reason for holding the hearings in secret, which is extremely rare, especially when the defense asks for them to be open.
Chandra Levy, whose family is Jewish and lives in Modesto, Calif., was a 24-year-old intern in Washington D.C. when she disappeared without a trace in the summer of 2001. The case gripped the nation, especially after her affair with then-Congressman Gary Condit surfaced.
The scandalous story was wiped off the front pages by the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Levy’s decomposed remains were found in leafy Rock Creek Park, where she often jogged, months later. Cops focused on Guandique because he had been linked to other attacks on women in the park.
But there was no physical evidence connecting him to the crime.
Authorities have refused to say whether the questions about the case involve the jailhouse informant.
Defense lawyers are demanding more information about what prosecutors know about the case, and want the hearings opened to the public and media.