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Police errors expected to figure prominently in Levy trial

Washington Post Editors

Cold cases are often the most difficult for prosecutors to win. The nine-year-old case of who killed Chandra Levy provides an even more daunting challenge because of errors made by police early in the investigation, observers and lawyers on both sides say.

After a week of jury selection in the high-profile case, opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday. Prosecutors and attorneys for Ingmar Guandique, the man accused of killing Levy, will lay out their theories.

A court-imposed gag order prevents the lawyers from talking about the case. But both sides' strategies have become known over the course of pretrial hearings and court filings, and it's clear that those early law enforcement mistakes will play a prominent role as the trial unfolds in D.C. Superior Court.

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By Washington Post Editors  | October 25, 2010; 1:31 AM ET
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District, Updates  
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