Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Secret hearings in case of Chandra Levy slaying
Associated Press ^ | 1/27/13 | Eric Tucker

Posted on 01/27/2013 9:39:22 AM PST by AmericanSamurai

WASHINGTON -- A judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of Chandra Levy, the latest twist in a high-profile murder that went unsolved for years and captivated the public because of the intern's romantic relationship with a California congressman.

The meetings, held sporadically behind closed doors at the courthouse over the last several weeks, raise questions about what comes next in a criminal case that appeared resolved by the 2010 conviction of Ingmar Guandique. The illegal immigrant from El Salvador is now serving a 60-year prison sentence in Levy's death, but the hearings could signal a problem with the prosecution of the case.

Authorities acknowledged they had no DNA evidence or witnesses linking Guandique to the crime, building their prosecution instead around a jailhouse informant who said Guandique had confessed behind bars that he was responsible for Levy's death. They also said the attack on Levy fit a pattern of assaults by Guandique on other female joggers in the same location where she went missing and during the same timeframe.

Guandique, who was already imprisoned for those attacks when he was accused in Levy's death in 2009, professed innocence at his sentencing hearing. His lawyers said police and prosecutors made him a scapegoat for a botched investigation.

(Excerpt) Read more at insidebayarea.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chandra; chandralevy; condidit; condit; guandique; ingmarguandique; levy

1 posted on 01/27/2013 9:39:28 AM PST by AmericanSamurai
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

9/11 knocked the Levy story off page one after a long-running episode that lasted the entire summer. It was years before they caught this creep. What are the hearings for? Condit must be passing kidney stones by now.


2 posted on 01/27/2013 9:43:32 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai
His lawyers said police and prosecutors made him a scapegoat for a botched investigation.
3 posted on 01/27/2013 9:45:04 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zuben Elgenubi

The convict who fingered Guandique lied and/or a new lawyer to the case has decided to make a name for himself with headlines of problematic hearsay. Roll cameras!


4 posted on 01/27/2013 9:52:11 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

I specifcally recall that the perps DNA was found on the body and clothes of Ms. Chandra Levy. Was this left out of the trial for some reason?


5 posted on 01/27/2013 10:08:02 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

The DNA matched neither Condit or the dude in prison...


6 posted on 01/27/2013 10:20:48 AM PST by Sacajaweau
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Thought the opposite; that degradation and decomposition of entire crime scene rendered DNA unreliable; and/or unavailable. But ‘who knows’ - yet; anyway; as to what is unfolding here. Interesting; in any case. . .


7 posted on 01/27/2013 10:21:56 AM PST by cricket (Too many Libs-at-large. They just need a home; somewhere else. . .far away.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: cricket
I believe the DNA was on the interior of her tights...

And it must have been reliable since they could match test it against Condit's and Guandague...or whatever his name is.

8 posted on 01/27/2013 10:32:35 AM PST by Sacajaweau
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

Same guy killed Vince Foster. Not that it matters.


9 posted on 01/27/2013 11:32:53 AM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: longfellow

Vince Foster, Mary Pinchot Meyer, Marilyn Monroe, the D.C. Madam, et al.


10 posted on 01/27/2013 11:37:37 AM PST by ladyjane (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: longfellow
Same guy killed Vince Foster. Not that it matters.

Yuri?

11 posted on 01/27/2013 1:31:01 PM PST by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai

Is Gary Condit testifying?


12 posted on 01/27/2013 1:50:50 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai; Zuben Elgenubi; LucyT; Cicero; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; Yaelle; exit82; Fedora; ...
Guandique seems to be a career criminal and an illegal alien. But I thought a few years ago that he was being used as a scapegoat in the Levy case, and this seems to be what might be unfolding. And isn't it very convenient for the powers that be to have a scapegoat for a crime that more likely was committed by a high-ranking Democratic politician and his hired goon(s). It's called a cover-up.

Remember the Vince Foster "suicide"? The body of the deceased in that case was also found in a DC area park and the same US Park Police had the initial jurisdiction.

Should Guandique's conviction be reversed, that would push the Levy murder investigation back to square one. In that event, it's quite apparent where the focus of a renewed investigation should be.

13 posted on 01/27/2013 3:59:46 PM PST by justiceseeker93
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zuben Elgenubi; All
Condit must be passing kidney stones by now.

I don't know quite what you mean by that, but if Guandique's conviction is reversed, the investigation into Levy's death should be renewed. So who do you think is one of the prime suspects in that event?

14 posted on 01/27/2013 4:05:24 PM PST by justiceseeker93
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Zuben Elgenubi; All
Condit must be passing kidney stones by now.

I don't know quite what you mean by that, but if Guandique's conviction is reversed, the investigation into Levy's death should be renewed. So who do you think is one of the prime suspects in that event?

15 posted on 01/27/2013 4:05:50 PM PST by justiceseeker93
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: AmericanSamurai; a fool in paradise

Condidit!


16 posted on 01/27/2013 4:07:17 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: justiceseeker93
Maybe. Maybe not. We had that one down to Gary Condit driving around in the Blue Ridge and stopping somewhere to make a phone call, and a secret burial, and a bunch of other stuff ~ then they found exculpating evidence, then some time later her bones showed up, and then this idiot confessed in the jailhouse.

Naw, I think Gary didn't do it that time ~ and most likely won't do it again, so there!

I'm biased towards the idea that a jail house confession is as good as anything ~

17 posted on 01/27/2013 4:08:12 PM PST by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Sacajaweau
The DNA matched neither Condit or the dude in prison...

Then it's probably Joe Scarborough, Condidit's butt-boy.

18 posted on 01/27/2013 4:17:34 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: muawiyah; All
I'm biased towards the idea that a jail house confession is as good as anything ~

Certainly not when you have unreliable witnesses testifying to what Guandique might have told them in jail, and getting rewarded for their testimony in the form of a reduced sentence, perhaps. Even if this Guandique is a bum, and he certainly seems to be one, a "jailhouse confession" by itself doesn't mean much without other specific evidence linking him to Levy or to perhaps someone else who knew Levy.

I don't have access to the Guandique trial transcript, but if the prosecution had stronger evidence linking Guandique to the Levy murder, we would probably know about it via the media during the time of the trial.

In the meantime, you can probably presume that this upcoming hearing scheduled in the case deals with some piece of newly discovered evidence that might work toward exonerating Guandique in Levy's murder.

19 posted on 01/27/2013 5:15:58 PM PST by justiceseeker93
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Sacajaweau; muawiyah; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; patriot08; All
The DNA matched neither Condit or the dude in prison...

...Which doesn't rule out the possibility that a goon or two hired by Condit did it.

Then, too, Condit's wife might have had a motive, but she was in California most of the time.

20 posted on 01/27/2013 5:26:56 PM PST by justiceseeker93
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: justiceseeker93

We need to go back to 2001 and start this sucker up again ~ BZZZZZZ http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/519082/posts?q=1&;page=1


21 posted on 01/27/2013 5:50:34 PM PST by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Sacajaweau

Interesting. . . ‘did they find a match?


22 posted on 01/28/2013 1:35:32 PM PST by cricket (Too many Libs-at-large. They just need a home; somewhere else. . .far away.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson