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Chandra Levy Murder Verdict: Immigrant Found Guilty in 2001 Death of Federal Intern

Chandra Levy and her alleged killer Ingmar Guandique (CBS/AP)

Chandra Levy Murder Verdict: Immigrant Found Guilty in 2001 Death of Federal Intern
Chandra Levy and her alleged killer Ingmar Guandique (CBS/AP)
WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) After deliberating over parts of four days, the jury in the Chandra Levy murder trial found Ingmar Guandiqu of guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Washington intern Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago.

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The verdict came shortly after noon on Monday.

Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant, was accused of killing Levy in 2001 while she exercised in Washington's Rock Creek Park. Her remains were found in the park roughly a year after she went missing. Levy's disappearance made headlines when she was romantically linked to Condit, then a congressman representing central California as a Democrat, but police no longer think he was involved.

In her closing Tuesday, Public defender Santha Sonenberg said there is powerful evidence of Guandique's innocence, including male DNA from an unknown source that was found on Levy's black running tights. The DNA matches neither Guandique nor Condit, and Guandique's DNA was never found on anything connected to Levy.

Prosecutors said Levy's death fits a pattern of attacks by Guandique in 2001 in Washington's Rock Creek Park. That's where her remains were found.

Defense lawyers say the Salvadoran immigrant has become a scapegoat for a botched investigation.

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE CHANDRA LEVY CASE

  • Carlin Miller

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