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Levy's father takes the stand

Chandra Levy's father took the stand this afternoon in D.C. Superior Court in the trial of the man charged with killing his daughter nearly a decade ago.

Robert Levy, 64, spoke softly and betrayed more than a bit of melancholy as Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines asked him about his late daughter and her final days.

Dressed in a blue blazer, green shirt and gray slacks, Levy spoke as his wife and Chandra's mother, Susan Levy, watched from the courtroom gallery on the second day of testimony in the trial before Judge Gerald I. Fisher.

Do you remember the last time you saw her, Haines asked.

"April 14, 2001," he said.

What was the occasion?

"It was her birthday."

The last time he talked to her, he said, was about a week later, on April 21.

Chandra Levy, who had been in Washington for an internship at the Bureau of Prisons, was supposed to be returning to California for graduation from her master's degree program at the University of Southern California.

Her parents wanted to know what her travel plans were. But they never could reach her again. They tried a dozen times or more, Levy said. Eventually, the voice mail box on her phone stopped accepting messages, he said.

"Finally, we called the police, because we were worried about her," Levy testified.

Looking over her cell phone bill, they found an unfamiliar number that their daughter had called repeatedly. It was the office of Rep. Gary Condit and when they called him, he called them back the following Monday.

A few minutes later, Haines picked up a poster and brought it over to Levy.

Who is that, Haines asked Robert Levy.

"That's Chandra."

She was 20 or 21 at the time of the photo, Levy said. She was clutching a bunch of flowers.

Haines turned and showed the photo to the jury.

Ingmar Guandique, 29, is on trial in Levy's slaying.

-- Henri Cauvin

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By Washington Post editors  | October 26, 2010; 2:47 PM ET
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Comments

I think you mean "picked up a poster and brought it over to Levy" not "brought it over to Condit"

Posted by: dlee21 | October 26, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, dlee21. Great catch. We fixed it.

Posted by: Washington Post editors | October 26, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Granted I'm not a lawyer, but how is having Mr. Condit on the stand help the prosecution? Pure theater, but not evidence.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 26, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

So far today, we've established that she canceled her gym membership, she saw her father last on April 14 and the police made quite a few mistakes in the investigation.

Open and shut case. The guy's guilty. Give him the chair.

Posted by: trossc | October 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Condit made a huge mistake - he cheated on his wife by having an affair with one of his interns. He unfortunately had an affair with someone who was murdered. Even more unfortunately for the Levy family, the affair distracted investigators. If Guandique is guilty (and it appears that he is), I hope he is in prison in solitary for the remainder of his life.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | October 26, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

She was screwing our congressman and he was the senior ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. What could be more safe?

Objection, your honor. The congressman's involvement in intelligence oversight is not required to find Guandique guilty.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 26, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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