Pen pal back on stand at Levy trial
The woman who was Ingmar Guandique's pen pal for a time while he was in prison was back on the witness stand late Wednesday morning as prosecutors sought to counter any advantages defense attorney Santha Sonenberg had made in cross-examining the woman on Tuesday.
In a letter to the woman, explaining why he was in prison, Guandique mentioned a "dead girl," the woman, Maria Mendez, has testified.
And in a subsequent phone call with Guandique, Mendez told him that the "murder" of a girl scared her, according to a transcript of the call that were played in court on Tuesday.
When she cross examined Mendez, Soneneberg sought to portray Guandique's reference to the girl as something other than an admission, noting that in the April 2003 phone call, Guandique never admitted killing anyone.
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez asked Mendez Wednesday if Guandique had ever denied killing someone.
"Did he ever tell you he was innocent?"
"No," Mendez said.
"Did he ever tell you that he didn't do it?"
Sonenberg objected and the judge sustained the objection, striking Mendez's answers from the record.
-- Henri Cauvin
Washington Post editors
| November 3, 2010; 12:36 PM ET
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