Convicted ‘Killer’ Cleared in Murder of Jewish Intern Chandra Levy

Prosecutors dropped their case against a man granted a retrial on charges that he killed Washington intern Chandra Levy in 2001, a death that contributed to a congressman’s downfall, authorities said on Thursday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. capital asked a judge to dismiss charges against Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant who was found guilty in 2010 of first-degree murder and other charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office “has concluded that it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt,” it said in an emailed statement.

The motion made to District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert Morin was based on information that prosecutors received within the last week, the statement said. The information was not disclosed.

Guandique is serving a 60-year prison sentence. His bid for a retrial was granted last year after his lawyers argued that a key witness had lied.

The death of Levy, 24, and its subsequent investigation riveted Washington, starting with her disappearance in May 2001.

A wide-ranging search turned up few details on her whereabouts but brought out allegations that she had an affair with Gary Condit, then a member of the House of Representatives.

The married Condit, a Democrat representing California, acknowledged having a “close relationship” with Levy but said he had nothing to do with her disappearance or death.

Despite his never being named a suspect, media coverage of the investigation contributed to Condit’s re-election loss in 2002.

Levy’s remains were found in Washington’s Rock Creek Park in 2002. In 2009 police charged Guandique, who was already imprisoned for attacking women in the same area Levy went missing.

Guandique faces potential deportation once he is released from prison, the prosecutors’ statement said.—Reuters

Author

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Convicted ‘Killer’ Cleared in Murder of Jewish Intern Chandra Levy

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close