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Condit's name emerges at Levy trial

A D.C. police sergeant who oversaw the first weeks of the Chandra Levy investigation in 2001 testified Tuesday that he thought that the probe was becoming too focused on Gary Condit, the married California congressman who had been dating Levy and became the prime suspect in the 24-year-old intern's disappearance.

Last year, another man, Ingmar Guadique, was charged in connection with Levy's death and is now on trial in D.C. Superior Court, accused of murder, kidnapping and other offenses.

The early investigation into Levy's disappearance was plagued by missteps and the testimony early Tuesday afternoon -- the first by a D.C. police official in the trial -- offered a window into some of the media frenzy that played out in the capital nearly a decade ago.

Taking the stand this afternoon, Detective Sgt. Ronald Wyatt, a 24-year veteran of the D.C. police, said that in a meeting with the department's top commanders, he told them he and his detectives needed room to conduct the investigation without constant interference from the department brass.

"What you can do is leave me and my people alone and let us investigate the case," Wyatt said he told his bosses in the meeting, which took place about a month into the case.

The commanders took a different approach, Wyatt said.

"I was immediately removed from the case," he said.

Prosecutors already have acknowledged police missteps and Wyatt's answers to prosecutors may have helped solidify for the jury that authorities are not hiding from those mistakes.

Earlier in his testimony, Wyatt recounted his first visit to Levy's apartment and provided his account of some of the early miscues in the case.

Wyatt said it was he who powered down Levy's laptop computer, after briefly checking her Internet history, only to have the machine come up dead the next day when investigators returned with a search warrant and wanted to examine the machine more closely.

"The operating system was obliterated. . . ," he said. The laptop powered up, but nothing was there.

It would be many weeks before investigators were able to access Levy's files, including ones that pointed to an excursion to Rock Creek Park, where Levy's body was later found.

Wyatt said that by the time his detectives asked for copies of the video surveillance tapes from Levy's apartment building, the tapes had already been recycled.

On cross-examination by one of Guandique's attorneys, Santha Sonenberg of the D.C. Public Defender Service, Wyatt also spoke of his meeting with Condit.

"He was a bit arrogant and not forthright," Wyatt said of the now-former congressman.
Wyatt said that Condit told investigators that his relationship with Levy was superficial and denied that it was intimate, assertions that would later emerge as untrue.

-- Henri Cauvin

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By Washington Post editors  | October 26, 2010; 1:12 PM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide  
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The brass just wanted to nail a Congressman. They blew it, and ruined a man's life.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 26, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Uhhh... I would say Condit ruined his own life.

Posted by: ProfessorPeabody | October 26, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The implication is that Condit's arrogance and unwillingness to cooperate caused police to suspect him of Chandra's murder. Police encounter people who respond in vastly different ways all the time. It's ridiculous for a cop to say a person's lack of cooperation meant guilt.

Condit had every reason to be unhappy about the interest of the police. The congressman had something big to hide from the public -- his affair with the deceased.

Important people hate the police because they do exactly what the MPD did to Condit -- caused a private sex scandal to hit the front pages when the person is innocent of the crime being investigated.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 26, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

as part of any normal police procedure - husbands, boyfriends, etc. are going to be on the initial list of suspects. If any of those end up being evasive or misleading, then of course the police will focus on them. Condit was not guilty of murder, but in a large part he brought this on himself..

Posted by: MtView | October 26, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the only person who ruined Condits life, was Gary Condit. A married man caught in an affair with a 24 year old intern who worked for him. Poor Gary Condit.

Posted by: Nosh1 | October 26, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

It seemed to me then that they just wanted a quick arrest of somebody. If this now results in justice not being served, that is the price.

Posted by: dcc1968 | October 26, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The thing is Condit is not above Law. He was guilty of having an affair with the murdered girl, hence IFF he was innocent he should have cooperated fully. I don't buy into his innocence. What if he paid a scam like Guandique to get Chandra out of his life and cover up his behind? Until we have evidence we cannot call him guilty but we cannot call him innocent right away either. He does have and could have used his power to do very illegal things at the expense of the real victim here who is Chandra.

Posted by: anongrl10e | October 26, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The thing is Condit is not above Law. He was guilty of having an affair with the murdered girl, hence IFF he was innocent he should have cooperated fully. I don't buy into his innocence. What if he paid a scam like Guandique to get Chandra out of his life and cover up his behind? Until we have evidence we cannot call him guilty but we cannot call him innocent right away either. He does have and could have used his power to do very illegal things at the expense of the real victim here who is Chandra.

Posted by: anongrl10e | October 26, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Condit is writing a book that will be released after this trial.

Will it be called "If I did it"?

Posted by: postfan1 | October 26, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

http://www.rickhyatt.freeservers.com/pages/Gary%20Condit%20murder%20confession%20transcript.html is where you will find "The Condit Transcript," a report I made in 1977 to my boss, which he counter-signed and was sealed. This was after I'd witnessed them (plural) dispose of a "Sexual Political Embarrassment" at their Ipswitch flat in UK.
When the Chandra case broke, I recognized Condit on TV right away. I called, faxed, wrote and everything the DCP with that M.O. (Dismembered body, parts missing [souvenirs], soft parts flushed down the toilet, well bled through the bathtub drain, head kept for a while as a sex toy, then smashed, the eyes poked out - They ENJOY what they do & get Police and Political support - That's how Condit found a patsy in advance, Guandique, from government data bases, I am sure.
I told them this and more IN ADVANCE of Chandra's body being found just like that. To this day, they ignore me, and this travesty of Justice is merely to protect somebody high-ranking.
No wonder it's such a high-ranking cop testifying what he did, today.
http://www.rickhyatt.freeservers.com for 1977 photos of Condit & I sharing a British Army barracks room in Duesseldorf. How the CIA figured he was going to infiltrate Congress with his "Services," and now you know why... It's so blackmailed.

Posted by: rickahyatt | October 26, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Anongirl

It's not much of a crime for a married man to have sex with a 24 year old woman. Most states have stopped enforcing Adultery Statutues and a broad reading of Lawrence v Texas may indicate that Adultery statutes are unconstitutional.

If you want to accuse him of conspiracy to commit murder you need something more then he's a democrat as your basis.

As for should he cooperate? He was totally on his rights to plead the fifth.

Posted by: patb | October 26, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"Taking the stand this afternoon, Detective Sgt. Ronald Wyatt, a 24-year veteran of the D.C. police, said that in a meeting with the department's top commanders, he told them he and his detectives needed room to conduct the investigation without constant interference from the department brass"

The secret police did it. Conduit was on an intelligence committee. Look who got himself a new job for handling the case so well to protect the identity of the real killers. Ask Nancy Pelosi how she knew that Conduit was innocent. She knows who really did bump her off.
Murder is murder, even if the big boys do in the name of.... whatever.

Posted by: glenmayne | October 26, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

patb

I was referring to the crime of killing Chandra (or having killed). As one who was involved with the victim, he's immediately suspect. Also, he was the last one who saw Chandra alive. If I were a prosecutor I wouldn't let him go easy.

And I never wrote anything about Condit's politics. A crime is a crime no matter what you vote.

Posted by: anongrl10e | October 26, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Joy Behar made it clear today that she supports this illegal alien and all other illegal's whether they are murders or identity thieves.

Why do all these far-left crazies advocate and support criminals?

Posted by: fury60 | October 26, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse


Edit: "having *her* killed" ("her" was missing in the above)

Posted by: anongrl10e | October 26, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I knew Condit would be dragged into this. He looks guilty as sin.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | October 26, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The truth is that Condit refused to cooperate because Chandra was killed by al Qaeda. Condit and Chandra were together, al Qaeda attacked them. Chandra lunged for the pistol and was shot dead.

Condit was surprised because the CIA agreed he was not guilty of killing her and they said they would take care of all the details.

And all the details of the case are fabrications by the CIA. They intended to keep al Qaeda's war with America secret. Then 9/11 changed all that. So what we're seeing is a show-trial that was planned because America was supposed to be fighting its war on terror in secret.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 26, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

blasmaic

That would be too funny if there was no real person in this story who was attacked, raped, killed and left to be eaten by animals........

Posted by: anongrl10e | October 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This man is due an apology.

Posted by: sufi66 | October 26, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

anongrl10e,

There are so many unanswered questions and odd occurrences but you use the heavy hand of victimhood to knock down all other possibilities.

Why must you reject the possibility that Chandra died as a hero to her country?

Does female victimhood fit some agenda better than female heroism?

Posted by: blasmaic | October 26, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

blasmaic

Sure, if your "scenario" was based on evidence, we would all be accepting it as true. For now, there's evidence of her remains in the Park, not in Iraq. There's DNA evidence of Condit's involvement with the victim. There's evidence that Chandra left to go jogging in the park, and even of a phone call made to her right before she left her apt for a jog. A plausible scenario is based on evidence not fiction.

Posted by: anongrl10e | October 26, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

anongrl said:
...there's evidence of her remains in the Park, not in Iraq....A plausible scenario is based on evidence not fiction.
_____________

Since a plausible scenario is based on evidence not fiction, let's not imply al Qaeda was in Iraq in the Spring of 2001.

Posted by: antiquepaper1 | October 26, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, it's not like Condit was ever acquitted or anything, there was just never any physical evidence to convict him.

There isn't any physical evidence against the currently accused guy either.

This crime still pretty much seems "unsolved".

Posted by: postfan1 | October 26, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

anongrl10e,

"For now, there's evidence of her remains in the Park, not in Iraq."

I cite the 2800 dead "bodies" at WTC and the Pentagon on 9/11 that year. Like Chandra, they were killed by al Qaeda.


"There's DNA evidence of Condit's involvement with the victim."

Sure, but Condit admitted to some involvement with her before that evidence emerged.


"There's evidence that Chandra left to go jogging in the park, and even of a phone call made to her right before she left her apt for a jog."

There was no evidence that she made it to the park... for more than year.

And look at what facts and rumors haven't made it into print...

There's no disputing Condit was the senior ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Commitee, but no one ever said it then or says it today.

And of course there were rumors about Condit and Saudis and Chandra and the Israelis -- which I don't believe or disbelieve.

None of the witnesses can say if they were attacked before Chandra disappeared.

There is no evidence linking to Guandique to Levy.

Chandra liked working with the Israelis. The Israelis liked that Condit wasn't attending sex parties hosted by the Saudis. And Gary? Gary liked Chandra.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 26, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

my boyfriend met this dude when he was in jail. he flat out asked him, while they were in the church, did he kill the girl. He said he saw her but he didn't kill her.

i think it's a little to convienent for Condit and this whole case stinks of keystone cops screwing crap up and idiots looking to point the finger.

If Ingmar did it, hey, let him serve his life in prison. don't deport him. if he didn't and this was all police screw ups, i say they come down from the top and clean house.

Posted by: tlucas007 | October 26, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Levy's death was, indeed, a tragedy.
In 2001, the pres went into a frenzy concerning Gary Condit for weeks until the media horde was distracted by something else... 9/11.
Here we go again.

Posted by: dc3015 | October 26, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

No non muslim was happier about 9/11 than democrat gary Condit. It sure got him off the front page.

Posted by: carlbatey | October 26, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Poor Chandra.
No one gave a rat's ass about that wonderful woman. Only in DC!

Posted by: tripferguson1 | October 26, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Condit has the misfortune to be intimate with the wrong intern at the wrong time. If every legislator who engaged in this kind of conduct shared the same misfortune, I suspect young staffers on the Hill would be virtually extinct.

Posted by: jd5024 | October 26, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

This is the first time the Post has reported that Condit was the prime "suspect." The Post always was careful to report that the police said he was NOT a suspect.

I suspect this is sloppy reporting here.

Posted by: Xlnt | October 26, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl-Nrep74qg

CA/DCA/BAR Chief Sherry Mehl:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvB3em82Lkw&feature=related

* * Alex Ferrell, Grey Davis & Gary Condit interest in fuel oxygenates seemed interesting

* * California CalEPA Secretary Linda Adams, signed a MOU with the UN in China on earth day. China gets about 50% of the world carbon tax and the China government gets a 50% tax of the credits.

** China goods and services may increase

** We pay the carbon tax and Pew Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) Member Companies: ABB, Air Products, Alcoa Inc., American Electric Power, Bank of America, BASF, Baxter International Inc., The Boeing Company, BP, California Portland Cement, CH2M HILL, Citi, Cummins Inc., Deere & Company, Deutsche Telekom, The Dow Chemical Company, DTE Energy, Duke Energy, DuPont, Entergy, Exelon, GE, Hewlett-Packard Company, Holcim (US) Inc., IBM, Intel, Interface Inc., Johnson Controls, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Marsh, Inc., Novartis, Ontario Power Generation, PG&E Corporation, PNM Resources, Rio Tinto, Rohm and Haas, Royal Dutch/Shell, SC Johnson, Toyota, TransAlta, United Technologies, Weyerhaeuser, Whirlpool Corporation, Wisconsin Energy Corporation and friends may all share in the public/private partnership of corporate and NGO welfare

Posted by: cappcharlie | October 27, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl-Nrep74qg

CA/DCA/BAR Chief Sherry Mehl:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvB3em82Lkw&feature=related

* * Alex Ferrell, Grey Davis & Gary Condit interest in fuel oxygenates seemed interesting

* * California CalEPA Secretary Linda Adams, signed a MOU with the UN in China on earth day. China gets about 50% of the world carbon tax and the China government gets a 50% tax of the credits.

** China goods and services may increase

** We pay the carbon tax and Pew Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) Member Companies: ABB, Air Products, Alcoa Inc., American Electric Power, Bank of America, BASF, Baxter International Inc., The Boeing Company, BP, California Portland Cement, CH2M HILL, Citi, Cummins Inc., Deere & Company, Deutsche Telekom, The Dow Chemical Company, DTE Energy, Duke Energy, DuPont, Entergy, Exelon, GE, Hewlett-Packard Company, Holcim (US) Inc., IBM, Intel, Interface Inc., Johnson Controls, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Marsh, Inc., Novartis, Ontario Power Generation, PG&E Corporation, PNM Resources, Rio Tinto, Rohm and Haas, Royal Dutch/Shell, SC Johnson, Toyota, TransAlta, United Technologies, Weyerhaeuser, Whirlpool Corporation, Wisconsin Energy Corporation and friends may all share in the public/private partnership of corporate and NGO welfare

Posted by: cappcharlie | October 27, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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