Ingmar Guandique Guilty of Murdering Chandra Levy

Direct evidence was scant, but prosecution prevails

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 22, 2010 12:08 PM CST

(Newser) – A jury has found Salvadoran immigrant Ingmar Guandique guilty of murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy back in May 2001, when her disappearance became a national sensation. Guandique was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for attacking Levy while she exercised in Washington's Rock Creek Park.

Levy's disappearance made headlines after she was romantically linked with then-Rep. Gary Condit. Condit was once a suspect but police no longer believe he was involved. Investigators eventually focused on Guandique and brought formal charges last year. Prosecutors acknowledged they had little direct evidence but said Levy's death fit a pattern of other crimes committed by Guandique in Washington's Rock Creek Park; the defense argued that he became a scapegoat for a botched investigation. Click here for more.

In this April 22, 2009 file photo, Ingmar Guandique, 27, who is accused of killing Chandra Levy, is escorted from the Violent Crimes Unit by police in Washington.
In this April 22, 2009 file photo, Ingmar Guandique, 27, who is accused of killing Chandra Levy, is escorted from the Violent Crimes Unit by police in Washington.   (Jacquelyn Martin)
Photos of Chandra Levy are on display as musicians, right, stand by at the memorial service for Levy,in this May 28, 2002 file photo taken at the Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, Calif.
Photos of Chandra Levy are on display as musicians, right, stand by at the memorial service for Levy,in this May 28, 2002 file photo taken at the Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, Calif.   (DEBBIE NODA)
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