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Guandique trial to stay in D.C.

Washington Post Editors

A D.C. Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the trial of Ingmar Guandique, the man charged with kidnapping and killing federal intern Chandra Levy, will not be transferred outside the District, despite Guandique’s attorneys’ concerns about media coverage affecting jury selection.

In addition to the change of venue request, Guandique’s attorneys also asked Judge Gerald I. Fisher to have their client’s previous convictions ruled inadmissible in his Oct. 4 trial.

Guandique, 28, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, has been serving a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to attacking two other women at knifepoint in Rock Creek Park about the same time that Levy disappeared May 1, 2001. Levy’s body was found in the park a year later. Prosecutors want to use the previous crimes to show a pattern of Guandique attacking female joggers in the park.

Fisher said he planned to issue a ruling on the previous crimes in the coming days.

— Keith L. Alexander

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By Washington Post Editors  | May 14, 2010; 6:23 PM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, Keith L. Alexander, Sex Crimes, The District, The Region  | Tags:  Chandra Levy, Ingmar Guandique, Jury selection, Rock Creek Park, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Trial  
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What is there to rule?
This man has shown a pattern of assults,and it forms part of this case....NO judgement required.

Posted by: captgrumpy | May 15, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I just finished Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham's book "Finding Chandra" and would recommend it to all Post readers.

Posted by: menopausequeen | May 16, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

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