New trial re­quested in Chan­dra Levy mur­der case

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De­fense at­tor­neys rep­re­sent­ing the man con­victed of killing in­tern Chan­dra Levy in 2001 made a re­quest Wed­nes­day for a new trial in the case.

The re­quest on be­half of Ingmar Guandique comes af­ter at­tor­neys re­vealed new in­for­ma­tion about a key wit­ness in the trial.

Guandique was con­victed of Levy’s mur­der in 2010 and is serv­ing a 60year prison sen­tence. But last year, pros­e­cu­tors ap­proached a judge with “sig­nif­i­cant im­peach­ing” in­for­ma­tion about jail­house in­for­mant Ar­mando Mo­rales.

Pros­e­cu­tors dis­closed that Mo­rales had lied when he tes­ti­fied he had never pre­vi­ously pro­vided in­for­ma­tion to law en­force­ment in other crim­i­nal cases.

Mo­rales tes­ti­fied dur­ing the 2010 trial that Guandique had ad­mit­ted while the two were cell­mates to killing Levy, a 24-year-old fed­eral in­tern.

Levy dis­ap­peared May 1, 2001, af­ter leav­ing her apart­ment. Her re­mains were found in 2002 in a heav­ily wooded area of Rock Creek Park.

A sta­tus hear­ing has been sched­uled for Jan. 6.

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