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Chandra Levy Intern Murder Case to be Tried in Wash., D.C., Where She Disappeared in 2001

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

WASHINGTON (AP) The disappearance of U.S. government intern Chandra Levy in Wash., D.C. riveted the nation's attention in the summer of 2001. Nine years later, a judge has decided the trial of the man charged with killing Levy will also take place in the nation's capital.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ingmar Guandique appeared Friday for a hearing in D.C. Superior Court, where Judge Gerald Fisher denied a motion from defense attorneys to change the venue of Gandique's October trial.

Attorneys for the Salvadoran immigrant had argued their client would not get a fair trial in Washington due to extensive publicity.

Levy's disappearance in May 2001 triggered a frenzy of speculation about sex and scandal in the corridors of power, and exposed an affair with then California congressman Gary Condit.  Her remains were found a year later in Rock Creek Park.

Guandique faces a first-degree murder charge in Levy's death.