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More police testimony at Levy trial

The D.C. police officer who was the lead evidence technician in the Chandra Levy investigation displayed in court today the dirt-encrusted T-shirt that was recovered near where Levy's skull was found in Rock Creek Park.

Officer John Allie, a 24-year-veteran, pulled the T-shirt from a brown paper evidence bag, labeled No. 163, and unfurled the garment for the jury to see.

The size-small shirt carried an SC Trojans label, Allie testified, a reference to Trojans of the University of Southern California, where Levy was a graduate student back in 2001. when she disappeared.

But the lettering across the front of the shirt could not be read from afar, the shirt soiled black by the dirt from which it had apparently sat for months.

Levy was a federal intern in Washington and was about to graduate from USC when she disappeared in May 2001. Her remains were found in May 2002 in Rock Creek Park, but no one was charged in the case until last year.

The man charged, Ingmar Guandique, is on trial in D.C. Superior Court, and today, the fourth day of testimony in the trial, has featured extensive testimony about the crime scene in Rock Creek Park.

Along with the shirt that was recovered, Allie displayed an Aiwa radio cassette player found by police and photos of teeth discovered at the scene.

Under questioning by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines, Allie talked extensively about the care taken in processing the crime scene.

When he arrived, he found the scene "well preserved," Allie said, and he noted that "there was no trampling of the scene of any sort."

With the police investigation under scrutiny in the case, the detailed account appeared intended to counter the impression that scene or the investigation was fatally compromised.

-- Henri Cauvin

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By Washington Post editors  | October 28, 2010; 4:07 PM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide  
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