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Week's last day of Levy trial testimony

Keith L. Alexander

Prosecutors in the Chandra Levy murder trial expect to call additional witnesses Thursday they hope will testify to seeing scratches on Ingmar Guandique's body around the time Levy disappeared on May 1, 2001.

On Wednesday, both prosecutors and defense attorneys seemed to have a difficult time with Guandique's former girlfriend, Iris Portillo. In an hour of back-and-forth questioning, Portillo, who is now enrolled in a local college studying business administration, sometimes told attorneys she did not understand their questions.

Both the prosecution and the defense were trying to get Portillo to talk about the scratches she had seen on his body -- and whether she put the scratches there during a fight with Guandique, as he allegedly told people, orr if he had been mugged, which he allegedly had told her.

Today, the last day of testimony this week because Judge Gerald Fisher is not holding holding trials on Fridays, prosecutors expect to call additional witnesses.

One could be Portillo's aunt, who allegedly also saw the scratches.

Prosecutors have said the trial has movede faster than they expected, but some jurors may not feel the same way. Two jurors appeared to be nodding off during Wednesday's proceedings.

-- Keith L. Alexander

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By Keith L. Alexander  | October 28, 2010; 8:28 AM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District, Updates  
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this is the weakest case I've ever heard of in my life, with the exception maybe of michael skael and jay lentz. So what if he had scratches? Is the only source of scratches in the world chandra levy? What should be coming in this case is a dismissal. It's a sad day in America when a person is brought to trial for any criminal offense based on speculation. These prosecutors disgust me. They'll never admit it, but I guarantee in their hearts there not convinced of this guy's guilt. They should be fired. They're job isn't to convict anyone they can, it's to see that justice is done. And justice isn't convicting someone without a single shred of evidence.

Posted by: red2million | October 28, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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