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Chandra Levy murder trial may not answer many questions

Oct 18, 2010 12:24:00 AM - thestate.com

The disappearance of former federal intern Chandra Levy transfixed the nation, tangled a California congressman in scandal and left the nation’s capital shocked and scared. Nine years later, a suspect will finally go on trial.

Jury selection will begin today in the case of Ingmar Guandique, 29, who prosecutors say killed Levy on May 1, 2001, after attempting to sexually assault her while she was jogging on a remote trail in Washington’s Rock Creek Park. But the trial of the Salvadoran immigrant is unlikely to reveal answers to many questions surrounding Levy’s death, and legal experts say there could be further anguish for Levy’s parents because a conviction is no sure thing.

There are no direct witnesses to the assault on Levy nor DNA evidence connecting Guandique to her murder. Court filings suggest that prosecutors are relying on statements the defendant made about Levy to a fellow inmate as well as his admitted assaults on two other women in Rock Creek Park.

Guandique was charged with Levy’s murder last year while serving a 10-year sentence for assaulting the two women at knifepoint in Rock Creek Park around the time of Levy’s disappearance.

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