Levy Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 27, 2009 10:21 AM CDT
Ingmar Guandique is escorted by detectives in Washington.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The man accused of killing federal intern Chandra Levy has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges. Twenty-seven-year-old Ingmar Guandique was arraigned today in District of Columbia Superior Court on six counts, including murder, kidnapping, and attempted sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty to all counts. A judge set a two-week jury trial for Jan. 27.

A status hearing is set for July 31. Levy disappeared in May 2001, and her remains were found in a DC park a year later. Guandique has been serving a 10-year sentence for two other attacks in the same park. The case was blamed for destroying the political career of former Rep. Gary Condit of California, who was romantically linked to Levy. (Read more Washington DC stories.)