Levy case: Guandique's girlfriend, FBI on stand
The fourth day of testimony at the Chandra Levy murder trial on Thursday picked up where it left off.
Iris Portillo, Ingmar Guandique's ex-girlfriend, wrapped up her testimony this morning with another awkward exchange with the prosecution.
A day after her memory repeatedly failed her, she was back on the witness stand in D.C. Superior Court for the trial of Guandique, who is charged with killing Chandra Levy.
Confronted again with her grand jury testimony from 2002, when the panel was investigating Levy's disappearance and death, Portillo said she could not recall what she told the grand jury. She had been asked about what Guandique had told her and whether he had talked to her about the Levy investigation.
"I don't know about murder," she told the grand jury, according to one of the passages read this morning by Assistant U.S. Attorney Fernando Campoamor.
"Do you recall giving that testimony," the prosecutor asked Portillo.
"No, I don't," she said.
"That's what you said in 2002," Campoamor asked, trying another approach.
"I don't recall."
After Portillo testified, an FBI forensic specialist laid out what investigators believe were Chandra Levy's final digital footsteps before she disappeared nearly a decade ago.
Special Agent Jane Dumboski also talked about the difficulties investigators faced in retrieving information form Levy's laptop, which crashed after being turned off by a D.C. police detective involved in the original missing person investigation.
Unable to pull information from the damaged machine, the FBI sent it to a private contractor, which ultimately was able to retrieve vital data from the laptop, Dumboski said. It was not until June 7, 2001, that investigators could access the information.
The agent said that on May 1, 2001, the day Levy is believed to have disappeared, the 24-year-old federal intern from California, was searching for information about parks, and specifically Rock Creek Park, between noon and 1 p.m.
While Levy's search for information about the park, where her body would be found in 2002, was known, Dumboski offered an almost second-by-second account of Levy's computer activity on the afternoon when prosecutors believe she was last seen.
A 12:33 p.m. on that day, after searching washingtonpost.com for information about area parks, she pulled up information about Rock Creek Park, Dumboski said. And what investigators believe to have been her last computer activity came less than 30 minutes later, at 12:58 p.m., Dumboski said.
-- Henri Cauvin
Washington Post editors
| October 28, 2010; 11:36 AM ET
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