Ingmar Guandique convicted for murder of Chandra Levy
The Chandra Levy case has seemingly been closed with the conviction of Ingmar Guandique. Guandique, an immigrant from El Salvador, was found guilty after the jury deliberated for four days. The case is still controversial, as some believe Guandique has been framed.
Ingmar Guandique convicted for killing Chandra Levy
After years of the case going unsolved, Ingmar Guandique was found guilty after the trial over the Chandra Levy murder, according to MSNBC. Levy was an intern in Washington, D.C., and was allegedly having an affair with then-Congressman Gary Condit. Ingmar Guandique is already serving a 10-year sentence for attacks on two women in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., from 2001. Levy’s remains were discovered in Rock Creek Park in 2001, a year after she was reported missing. What led prosecutors to try the already incarcerated inmate was testimony from his cellmate, who claimed that Guandique had admitted to killing her, but nothing else. However, the murder trial remains controversial, as many believe Guandique has been made a scapegoat.
Oddities with evidence
The defense for Guandique, an illegal immigrant, argued that Gary Condit has always acted suspiciously concerning the case and had taken the Fifth Amendment at trial. A witness can take the Fifth Amendment to avoid incriminating himself, which Condit did. The defense also pointed out some serious concerns regarding physical evidence, according to the Washington Post. There is little physical evidence that Guandique ever came in contact with Levy. No murder weapon was recovered, and the DNA found on Levy’s running tights belonged to neither Guandique or Condit. The prosecution countered that an investigator could have improperly handled the evidence, contaminating it with their DNA, but no testing was done to confirm it.
Troubling end to a high profile case
The inconsistencies with the evidence are certainly troubling, but given Guandique’s previous crimes in the same area, his guilt in the Chandra Levy case seems plausible. Hopefully justice has been done for Chandra Levy.