Prosecutors acknowledge more errors in Levy case
Update, 5:30 p.m.:
Attorneys in the Chandra Levy murder trial acknowledged another error in the processing of evidence against Ingmar Guandique, the man police and prosecutors says killed the former intern.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez said his office sent an envelope to Guandique’s defense attorneys containing a hair from a skull found in Rock Creek Park at the time Levy’s body was found. But Guandique’s attorney, Maria Hawilo of the District’s Public Defender Service, said that when her office opened the envelope, the hair was missing.
The hair mishap was at least the third such error involving the handling of evidence in the case. During hearings last year, prosecutors acknowledged that a female lab technician for BODE Technology Group, used by the government to process the Levy evidence, got some of her DNA on Levy’s red bra.
Also, DNA from an unknown male, possibly a male police officer or lab technician, was found on a pair of Levy’s tights. Campoamor said it was unclear whose DNA was found on the tights, but that it was not Guandique’s or that of Gary Condit, the former California congressman who had an affair with Levy and who fell under suspicion when Levy disappeared in May 2001. Her body was found a year later.
The man accused of killing federal intern Chandra Levy is due back in court Friday.
A regular status conference is scheduled for Ingmar Guandique, who is charged with first-degree murder in Levy's death. D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald L. Fisher will preside.
Levy went missing in 2001 and her remains were found a year later in Rock Creek Park. Guandique has been serving a 10-year sentence for attacks on other women in the same park. Guandique has pleaded not guilty. His trial is set for October.
-- Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post editors
January 29, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
Categories: From the Courthouse , Keith L. Alexander , The District | Tags: Chandra Levy, Ingar Guandique, Rock Creek Park
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