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Guandique cellmates expected on stand

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Jurors in the Chandra Levy murder trial are expected to hear from former cellmates of Ingmar Guandique, the man charged with killing the D.C. intern in 2001.

The men have told authorities Guandique admitted to them that he strangled, raped and killed Levy.

Guandique's attorneys say the witnesses are fabricating the conversation with Guandique in exchange for favors from the government.

Scientific experts testified Wednesday at the Chandra Levy murder trial that there is no DNA or forensic evidence linking defendant Ingmar Guandique to the crime scene in Rock Creek Park where Levy's remains were found.

Five government experts testified that numerous tests and follow-up tests showed no evidence of Guandique's fingerprints, blood or semen on Levy's tights, panties, sports bra, University of Southern California T-shirt or any of the other items found in the park on May 22, 2002, a year after Levy disappeared.

But one forensic expert confirmed that there were two positive DNA matches found on Levy's belongings. Read more on this story on washingtonpost.com.

-- Keith L. Alexander

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By Washington Post Editors  | November 4, 2010; 8:02 AM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District, Updates  
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I wonder what coercion and trickery the scumbag defense lawyers are going to use to twist this trial into some sort of weiner package. Time will tell.

Posted by: password11 | November 4, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

So five government experts testified that numerous tests and follow-up tests showed no evidence of Guandique's fingerprints, blood or semen on Levy's tights, panties, sports bra, t-shirt or any of the other items found in the park but the word of two convicts is enough for the prosecution.

Why would Mr Guandique tell two people he didn't know he killed the person for which he was being held? The convicts, I'm sure, had access to TVs and thought they could work out a deal with the prosecutors for a sentence reduction in exchange for their testimony. After all the prosecutors had no actual evidence that pointed to Mr Guandique being the killer.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | November 4, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Scientific experts testified Wednesday at the Chandra Levy murder trial that there is no DNA or forensic evidence linking defendant Ingmar Guandique to the crime scene in Rock Creek Park where Levy's remains were found.

"Five government experts testified that numerous tests and follow-up tests showed no evidence of Guandique's fingerprints, blood or semen on Levy's tights, panties, sports bra, University of Southern California T-shirt or any of the other items found in the park on May 22, 2002, a year after Levy disappeared."
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Very very unfortunately for the Govt., this evidence right here, 5 experts no less-kills their case against Guandique. It is very very tragic that no one will pay for Ms. Levy's horrible murder-and once again, the blame for that must be laid squarely at the feet of the incompetent MPD of the District of Columbia. So many murders in this city, so hugely incompetent has our many law enforcement proven themselves to be. It's shocking, and disgusting that we pay these incompetent detectives and supervisors of same huge amounts of money each year to carry out their jobs in such a half-a ssed, witless way.

Posted by: Spring_Rain | November 4, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"Scientific experts testified Wednesday at the Chandra Levy murder trial that there is no DNA or forensic evidence linking defendant Ingmar Guandique to the crime scene in Rock Creek Park where Levy's remains were found.?

"Five government experts testified that numerous tests and follow-up tests showed no evidence of Guandique's fingerprints, blood or semen on Levy's tights, panties, sports bra, University of Southern California T-shirt or any of the other items found in the park on May 22, 2002, a year after Levy disappeared."
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Very very unfortunately for the Govt., this evidence right here, 5 experts no less-kills their case against Guandique. It is very very tragic that no one will pay for Ms. Levy's horrible murder-and once again, the blame for that must be laid squarely at the feet of the incompetent MPD of the District of Columbia. So many murders in this city, so hugely incompetent has our many law enforcement proven themselves to be. It's shocking, and disgusting that we pay these incompetent detectives and supervisors of same huge amounts of money each year to carry out their jobs in such a half-arsed, witless way.

Posted by: Spring_Rain | November 4, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"Scientific experts testified Wednesday at the Chandra Levy murder trial that there is no DNA or forensic evidence linking defendant Ingmar Guandique to the crime scene in Rock Creek Park where Levy's remains were found.?

"Five government experts testified that numerous tests and follow-up tests showed no evidence of Guandique's fingerprints, blood or semen on Levy's tights, panties, sports bra, University of Southern California T-shirt or any of the other items found in the park on May 22, 2002, a year after Levy disappeared."
___________________________________________

Very very unfortunately for the Govt., this evidence right here, 5 experts no less-kills their case against Guandique. It is very very tragic that no one will pay for Ms. Levy's horrible murder-and once again, the blame for that must be laid squarely at the feet of the incompetent MPD of the District of Columbia. So many murders in this city, so hugely incompetent has our many law enforcement proven themselves to be. It's shocking, and disgusting that we pay these incompetent detectives and supervisors of same huge amounts of money each year to carry out their jobs in such a half-a---ed, witless way.

Posted by: Spring_Rain | November 4, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

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