The Murder of Chandra Levy

Background and Current Developments

Chandra Levy
Chandra Levy Died in 2001. © Getty Images

On May 1, 2001, Washington D.C. intern Chandra Levy disappeared while walking her dog in Rock Creek Park. A year later, someone else walking a dog found her remains. Eight years after her death, an arrest was made in connection with her murder.

During the yearlong search for the missing intern, the political career of U.S. Rep. Gary Condit of California was destroyed after it became public that he had had an affair with Levy after at first denying it. Condit was never officially a suspect in the case.

See Also: Profile of Chandra Levy

Here are the latest development in the Chandra Levy case:

Guandique to Remain in Jail

July 15 2015 - The man convicted of the murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy, but was granted a new trial, will remain behind bars until the second trial is held. A District of Columbia judge has ruled that Ingmar Guandique will not be granted bail while awaiting trial.

Defense attorneys argued that Guandique should be released on bond, but prosecutors told the judge that the defendant pleaded guilty to attacking two women at knifepoint in the same park where Levy's body was found and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors also said the scratches that Guandique had on his face at the time of Levy's murder was also evidence that he was guilty of the crime.

Judge Robert E. Morin ruled that "evidence of the other crimes and the unexplained injuries" was enough probable cause to hold him in jail until his trial next March.

Guandique to Get New Trial

June 4, 2015 - An El Salvadoran immigrant who is serving 60 years for the murder of Washington intern Chandra Levy has been officially granted a new trial in the case. Ingmar Guandique was convicted in 2010 for the murder of 24-year-old Levy.

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher granted Guandique's motion for a new trial after prosecutors in the case dropped their opposition. At a hearing last month, prosecutors said they still believe the original jury's verdict was correct, but they would not oppose a new trial.

The defense based their motion on a new trial on a witness they claimed gave false and misleading testimony, Guandique's one-time cellmate Armando Morales.

Morales testified that Guandique said he was responsible for Levy's death. Because there was no physical evidence linking Guandique to the murder, his testimony was crucial.

Defense attorneys plan to argue that Guandique should be released on bond while waiting for the new trial.

Hearings Begin in New Trial Bid

Nov. 12, 2014 - Three days of hearings have begun to determine if the man convicted of killing Washington D.C. intern Chandra Levy will get a new trial. Attorneys for Ingmar Guandique claims he should get a new trial because of problems with a key witness at his murder trial.

Additional hearings are scheduled for February before a judge will make a decision on granting Guandique another trial.

Guandique's attorneys claim that prosecutors knew or should have known that the testimony of Armando Morales, a former cellmate of Guandique's, was false and should have investigated further.

According to the attorneys, Morales lied multiple times during the trial, including testifying that he had asked for nothing in return for his testimony when in fact he had asked to be placed in a witness protection program.

Because there was no physical evidence linking Guandique to Levy's murder, the testimony of Morales - that Guandique told him he killed Levy - was key in obtaining a conviction, the attorneys said.

Previous Developements

Chandra Levy's Killer Sentenced
Feb. 11, 2011
The El Salvadoran immigrant who was convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy in 2001 has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Ingmar Guandique insisted that he had nothing to do with Levy's death before his sentence was pronounced.

Guandique Guilty of Chandra Levy Murder
Nov. 22, 2010
After deliberating over four days, a jury has found an El Salvadoran immigrant guilty of the 2001 murder of Washington D.C. intern Chandra Levy. Ingmar Guandique was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder of Levy as she jogged in Rock Creek Park.

Prosecutors Admit Cops Erred in Levy Case
Oct. 25, 2010
In opening statements in the trial of an El Salvador immigrant charged with the murder of a Washington D.C. intern, prosecutors admitted that the original police investigation was botched because it focused on then-Congressman Gary Condit.

Jury Selection Begins in Chandra Levy Case
Oct. 18, 2010
A panel of 56 potential jurors began filling out questionnaires as the trial of the man accused of killing federal intern Chandra Levy got underway in Washington, D.C.

Guandique Cell Search Admissible in Levy Case
Sept. 22, 2010
Items obtained from a California prison cell belonging to the man accused in the death of a federal intern in 2001 can be introduced at his trial a judge has ruled. Items taken from Ingmar Guandique's cell while he was being interviewed by investigators of Chandra Levy's death can be shown to the jury.

Statements Allowed in Chandra Levy Case
Sept. 10, 2010
A man waiting trial for the murder of federal intern Chandra Levy will have statements he made to detectives used against him at his trial even though he was not advised of his right to remain silent. Washington D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald I. Fisher ruled that Ingmar Guandique's statements could be introduced at his up-coming trial.

Chandra Levy Suspect Faces New Charges
Dec. 4, 2009
The man awaiting trial for the murder of Chandra Levy has been indicted on charges of obstructing justice, threatening to injure a person and conspiracy. Prosecutors said the new charges against Ingmar Guandique are related to the defendant threatening a witness in the case.

Chandra Levy Murder Trial Delayed
Nov. 23, 2009
The murder trial of the man accused in the death of Chandra Levy has been postponed for 10 months because prosecutors plan to add more charges to the indictment. Ingmar Guandique's murder trial is now scheduled to begin Oct. 4, 2010.

Guandique Indicted for Chandra Levy Murder
May 20, 2009
A 27-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting and killing federal intern Chandra Levy has been indicted on charges of kidnapping, first-degree sexual assault and first-degree murder. A District of Columbia grand jury returned a four-page indictment against Ingmar Guandique on Tuesday.

Chandra Levy Charges 'Flawed' Attorneys Claim
April 23, 2009
The suspect in the murder of intern Chandra Levy has been returned to Washington D.C. and officially charged with her death, but his attorneys say the case against him is seriously flawed. Ingmar Guandique made his first appearance in District of Columbia Superior Court Thursday.

Arrest Warrant Issued in Chandra Levy Case
Feb. 3, 2009
Eight years after Washington D.C. intern Chandra Levy was murdered while walking her dog in Rock Creek Park, an arrest warrant has been issued in the case. Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant and a California federal prison inmate, has been charged with the May 1, 2001 murder.