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Guandique's roommate testifies

An old roommate of Ingmar Guandique, the man charged with killing Chandra Levy, testified today that Guandique's clothing went missing while both men were incarcerated in 2001, in the weeks after Levy disappeared.

The failure to locate Guandique's clothing is one of the investigative holes that defense attorneys have sought to exploit in their effort to raise questions about the government's case.

Juan Jose Arevalos Escobar, 33, who knew Guandique growing up in El Salvador, said Guandique had been living with him in Silver Spring before Guandique was arrested on July 1, 2001, and charged with attacking two women in Rock Creek Park.

Arevalos moved soon after Guandique's arrest. He testified that when he moved, he brought Guandique's belongings with him. But Arevalos was later arrested and jailed on a DUI charge. After police contacted him about Guandique, he agreed to retrieve Guandique's items. But when he went back to the home, the items were had been thrown away, he said.

That answer was stricken from the record by the judge, Gerald I. Fisher, apparently because Arevalos had been in jail and did not have direct knowledge of what happened to the items.

Instead, Arevalos could only say that the items were not there when he returned with police.

-- Henri Cauvin

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By Washington Post editors  | November 1, 2010; 5:46 PM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide  
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