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Day 2 in Chandra Levy case

Testimony is under way on the second day of the Chandra Levy trial.

Tuesday morning, another of the women who was attacked by Ingmar Guandique in 2001 in Rock Creek Park took the witness stand in D.C. Superior Court to recount her struggle to escape Guandique's clutches after he set upon her on a deserted jogging trail a couple of months after Levy's disappearance.

Christy Wiegand, 35, a lawyer who now lives in Pittsburgh, was living on Connecticut Avenue nearly a decade ago when she and her then-fiance set out on an early evening run in the park.

Guandique, who was convicted of attacking Wiegand and another woman in 2001 is now charged with killing Levy that same year. Prosecutors are using evidence of those two attacks in the murder case against Guandique.

After hearing from the first victim on Monday, on the opening day of testimony, Wiegand was the government's first witness Tuesday. She spoke in a clear, firm voice as she answered questions from Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines, the lead prosecutor.

Wiegand said she was about 20 minutes into her run when she noticed Guandique near a picnic grove. About 20 minutes later, she turned around to see the same man jogging behind her.

She turned off her music.

"I guess I felt uneasy," she said.

She continued jogging, ascending a steep hill that left her winded.

"As I was reaching the top of the hill, I heard a couple of rapid footsteps," she said. She turned, and in an instant, Guandique had bear-hugged her and pulled a knife on her.

"He held the knife up to my right cheek and his left hand covered my mouth so I couldn't scream," she said.

Still, she tried.

"I was screaming as much as I could, against his hand... I was trying to scream 'No' and 'Help' so that someone might hear me and help me."

In the struggle, they began sliding down a steep embankment, she said. It was then that she thought perhaps she could trick her attacker: "What if I just stopped struggling for a second?"

So she did, and for a moment, Guandique let up and telling her, "Shhhh, shhhh, be quiet."

Instead, she renewed her fight, this time seizing the element of surprise.

"I was going to struggle until I died," said Wiegand, who said she was an active, athletic woman, who, as she did then, stands just almost 6 feet tall and weighs 170 pounds.

Another 20 or 30 seconds passed, she said, and then Guandique pulled the knife away and fled

Wiegand flagged down a passing motorist, who took her to the Park Police. Officers put out a lookout for her assailant and a short time later, Guandique was picked up and identified by Wiegand as the man who attacked her.

-- Henri Cauvin

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By Washington Post editors  | October 26, 2010; 11:05 AM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide  
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Comments

Why exactly is little Ingmar allowed to continue to breath good air?

Posted by: FLvet | October 26, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Lock him up and throw away the key forever.

Posted by: purveyors | October 26, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Organ donor time!

Posted by: soccerhead | October 26, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Still think Illegal Immigrants are good for America? The fact is we know nothing about these people's back ground or health, yet we put their children in our schools and invite them in for PTA conferences. Deport all illegals and they won't be raping our women, clogging our school and hospitals and spreading TB.

Posted by: tjack1123 | October 26, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Still think Illegal Immigrants are good for America? The fact is we know nothing about these people's back ground or health, yet we put their children in our schools and invite them in for PTA conferences. Deport all illegals and they won't be raping our women, clogging our school and hospitals and spreading TB.

Posted by: tjack1123 | October 26, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Odd how Guandique kept targeting women who were taller than he was and weighed as much or more than he did. One was 6'0", another was 5'10". Two were 160 lbs.

His only successful attack, Chandra, was 5'3", 110 lbs.

And while two of the three witnesses saw a knife, Chandra was strangled to death.

The associated press is saying the other women were attacked near to the place where Levy's body was found, but they were not.

What's the point of having a trial if they're not going to scrutinize the evidence?

Posted by: blasmaic | October 26, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

This nation needs an absolute deterrent against these third world illegal alien rapists and killers (Guandique has already been convicted of both and deported and allowed back in by liberals and their open border agenda).

So, here's a new necessary law. If you sneak into country illegally and rape or kill an American citizen, you are immune from a life sentence at taxpayer expense. Instead you automatically get shot, gassed or electrocuted upon conviction.

No appeals. You forfeit your life.

Sadly for this nation, the Democrats have already issued the Hate Crimes Bill which enables and protects illegals and executes Americans.

Posted by: Patriot12 | October 26, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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