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Guandique won't take the stand

By Henri Cauvin

Ingmar Guandique, the man charged with killing Chandra Levy, will not testify in his trial in D.C. Superior Court.

It is relatively rare for defendants to testify in their own defense, so Guandique's decision is not a surprise.

The news came Monday morning on what is probably the last day of testimony in the trial.

With the jury out of the courtroom, Judge Gerald I. Fisher asked if Guandique understood his right not to testify and whether he had in fact decided not to testify.

"Yes," Guandique said in Spanish.

Closing arguments are planned for Tuesday.

By Henri Cauvin  | November 15, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, Homicide, Sex Crimes, The District  
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This would be news if he actually took the stand. Why on Earth would someone with a criminal background take the stand? It would make virtually everything wrong the person has done relevant and admissable as evidence.

Posted by: darrren12000 | November 15, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Guandique is 100% a copy-cat criminal.

He didn't even know that Chandra was 5'3", 110 lbs. when he unsuccessfully attacked women who were 5'10" and 6'0" and both around 160 lbs.

Guandique didn't kill her.

Condit didn't kill her.

Posted by: blasmaic | November 15, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Okay, let's not quickly settle for the "obvious" here. Let's take a less obvious approach instead. What if the congressman did kill Levy because perhaps she threatened to tell the golden little secret....which was their affair. Of course this would ruin his image and lets not forget about the perfect little wife. You see a man that has a history of these type of charges and think that it will be easy to just pin the blame on him. I'm sorry my friends, but I don't think evil will triumph in this case....and that's why it's such a hot topic. It would've been the perfect crime if Condit got away with this and we all know my this world, nothing's perfect!

Posted by: shereyh18 | November 17, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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