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Levy murder suspect penpal back to testify

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Prosecutors in the Chandra Levy murder trial are expected to start their re-direct Wednesday morning of Maria T. Mendez, the Miami woman who was a penpal of Ingmar Guandique, the man prosecutors say killed Levy on May 1, 2001.

On Tuesday, Mendez, 48, told the jury that in a 2003 letter to her, Guandique said he was in jail because of a "muchacha muerta" or "dead girl."

At the time Guandique wrote the letter, he was in prison for assaulting two women in Rock Creek Park. The assaults occurred around the time Levy disappeared. Levy's remains were found in the park a year later.

Guandique, an undocumented worker from El Salvador, was not charged in Levy's death until 2009.

Mendez later told Santha Sonenberg, one of Guandique's attorneys, that Guandique never admitted to killing anyone nor explained who the "dead girl" was.

By Washington Post editors  | November 3, 2010; 8:52 AM ET
Categories:  Keith L. Alexander  
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