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Guandique wrote of "dead girl"

The voice of Ingmar Guandique filled Courtroom 320 of D.C. Superior Court this afternoon as prosecutors played clips of a phone call that Guandique had made to a pen pal who said Guandique had written to her about the death of a woman.

Maria Mendez, a federal employee who has been corresponding with inmates since the 1990s, said that after reading the letter, in which he mentioned a "dead girl" she decided she would not continue contact with Guandique and wrote to him to tell him so.

But before he received her letter, he called her collect, and it was that call, most likely from 2003, that was played Tuesday afternoon by Assistant U.S. Attorney Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez
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The recording is in Spanish and the court did not immediately make available copies of the recording or copies of the English and Spanish transcripts that were provided to the jurors.

In the course of the conversation, she told him he would receiving a letter from him explaining everything, but eventually, she became more explicit.

"I told him that I just didn't feel safe,"

"Didn't you tell him you were afraid of him," Campoamor-Sanchez asked.

"Yes."

But Mendez said that she did not have the letters she received from Guandique and that they had been thrown away after a relative moved in and was clearing out the room.

-- Henri Cauvin

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By Washington Post editors  | November 2, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide  
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