Jury selection continues in Levy case
Attorneys in the Chandra Levy case spent Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court reviewing the 11-page questionnaires that had been handed to prospective jurors in preparation for the trial of Ingmar Guandique, the man charged with killing Levy.
Prosecutors and Guandique’s defense attorneys handed out the lengthy, 55-question survey to the 112 District residents who make up the jury panel. Judge Gerald I. Fisher told the prospective jurors Monday that he expects the trial to last up to five weeks.
Both sides are expected to take several days to winnow the panel down to a jury of 16. There will be 12 jurors and four alternates.
On Wednesday, the attorneys will begin asking each of the prospective jurors individual questions based on the questionnaires. The questions include whether the juror has heard about the Levy case and has already formed an opinion. The questionnaire also asked prospective jurors' opinions about gangs, gang participation, Latinos and Hispanics,and tattoos.
Guandique, 29, is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador. Last year, he was charged with six counts, including first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse in connection with Levy’s murder case. The former federal intern went missing in May 2001. The 24-year-old’s skeletal remains were found a year later in Rock Creek Park.
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| October 19, 2010; 3:17 PM ET
Categories: Chandra Levy, Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District
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