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Chandra Levy Update: Fallen Congressman Expects To Be Witness in Murder Trial

Chandra Levy with (Personal Photo)
Chandra Levy Update: Fallen Congressman Expects To Be Witness in Murder Trial
Chandra Levy and Gary Condit (Personal Photo)

WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of the man accused of killing Washington intern, Chandra Levy, nearly a decade ago, a case that derailed California congressman Gary Condit's career, and generated headlines around the world.

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Ingmar Guandique, 29, is charged with murder, kidnapping, attempted sexual assault and other counts. Authorities say he attacked Levy while she was jogging alone in Rock Creek Park in May 2001.

Levy's disappearance - her body was not discovered until more than a year after she went missing - caused a national sensation when she was romantically linked to then-Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif. Authorities once considered Condit a prime suspect but no longer believe he had anything to do with her death.

It is unclear what role, if any, Condit will play in the trial. A spokesman for Condit says the former congressman expects to be called as a witness, though he has not been subpoenaed.

Levy, 24, had just completed an internship with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons when she disappeared. When Guandique was charged last year with killing her, the illegal immigrant from El Salvador had been serving a 10-year sentence for separate assaults in Rock Creek Park.

Jury selection is expected to take most of the week, and opening statements might not begin until Oct.25.

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