New Focus in Chandra Levy Case: 911 Call

Defense asks judge for tape referencing 'blood-curdling scream'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 12, 2013 3:26 AM CDT | Updated Apr 12, 2013 5:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – More new developments in the Chandra Levy murder case: The defense for Ingmar Guandique yesterday asked a judge to order the prosecution to release the tape of a 911 call made by a resident of Levy's apartment building on the day Levy vanished. In it, a person reports hearing a "blood-curdling scream." Police looked into the call when Levy disappeared, but they found no ties to the case, USA Today reports.

But Guandique's lawyers say they didn't have access to the tape or the police radio traffic from the time during his 2010 trial, in which prosecutors asserted that Guandique killed Levy while she was jogging in Rock Creek Park, reports the Washington Post. It's another development for the defense, which has argued that new information prosecutors handed over in December—the contents of which remain unknown—undermine the credibility of key witness Armando Morales, a former Guandique cellmate.

In this April 22, 2009 file photo, 27-year-old Ingmar Guandique, center, is escorted from the Violent Crimes Unit in Washington by detectives.
In this April 22, 2009 file photo, 27-year-old Ingmar Guandique, center, is escorted from the Violent Crimes Unit in Washington by detectives.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
In this May 28, 2002 file photo taken at the Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, Calif. photos of Chandra Levy are on display 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 at the memorial service for Levy.   (AP Photo/Debbie Noda, Pool, File)
This undated file photo released by the family shows Chandra Ann Levy, a 24-year-old graduate student from University of Southern California.
This undated file photo released by the family shows Chandra Ann Levy, a 24-year-old graduate student from University of Southern California.   (AP Photo/Family Photo via The Modesto Bee, File)
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