Chandra Levy Case: Ingmar Guandique Conviction May Be Thrown Out

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It took years to find and convict Ingmar Guandique, the apparent killer of Chandra Levy. But now his conviction could be thrown out, according to reports.

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Prosecutors now say that Guandique was convicted of Levy's 2001 disappearance and murder with the help of a witness whose credibility is now in doubt.

Citing safety concerns raised, the judge issued a gag order.

Susan Levy, Chandra Levy's mother, said this week, "The attorneys cannot even go in along with the people who are reporters or news people."

The case is so shrouded in secrecy, not even Levy's parents know the details.

Robert Levy, Chandra's father, said, "Whether they have to have a new trial or have another suspect, or whatever, we don't know. They can't tell us because it's secret."

When Levy, a beautiful young woman from California who became a Capitol Hill intern, mysteriously vanished, suspicion fell on her Congressman paramour, Gary Condit.

One year later, her remains were found in Rock Creek Park.

While Condit was never charged, his political career ended.

Ingmar Guandique was convicted years later, in 2010, despite the fact that it was a case without any physical evidence linking him to the crime.

But two women said he attacked them in Rock Creek Park around the time Levy disappeared, and a jailhouse snitch claimed Guandique confessed to the crime.

His defense attorneys now accuse prosecutors of withholding the new information; Ingmar Guandique has always maintained his innocence.

Robert Levy said, "He's a convicted rapist and an illegal alien."

"He's not legal at all or working or anything. He's just a criminal, so he shouldn't go free. But if he's innocent of murder then he shouldn't be in jail for it."

Susan Levy echoed that sentiment, saying, "No matter what goes on, our daughter is dead. It doesn't really matter except that they get the right person."

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