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FBI expert on stand in Levy death trial

Chandra Levy's mother watched Tuesday morning in D.C. Superior Court as the lead prosecutor in the trial of the man accused of killing her daughter displayed poster-size photographs of the tights, panties and bra the 24-year-old intern was believed to have been wearing when she disappeared nearly a decade ago.

Susan Levy, who was not in court when the some of the actual garments were shown last week, shook her head back and forth as an FBI expert described the condition the tights when they were delivered to him for forensic examination in 2002.

"Each leg was tied in a knot," said Cary Oien, a hair and fiber specialist and senior scientist at the FBI's lab in Quantico.

A few moments later, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines asked Oien to demonstrate how the knots would have been tied. Stepping into the well of the courtroom, Oien tied a knot over Haines's forearm.

As he did, Susan Levy, sitting a few rows back, shook her head again and pursed her lips.

Oien was the first witness on the sixth day of testimony in the trial of Ingmar Guandique, the man charged last year with killing Levy, who disappeared in 2001 and whose remains were discovered a little over a year later in Rock Creek Park.

-- Henri E. Cauvin

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By Washington Post Editors  | November 2, 2010; 11:31 AM ET
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Tights, bra, panties! Now these are making this case more interesting after nine long years.

Bet the jurors woke up when they heard THESE items mentioned.

Posted by: clitteigh | November 2, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Did he demonstrate how the killer held the knife to the victim's throat while tying the knots?

What is their theory on how the tights were used by Guandique to restrain Chandra? I thought the knots in each leg were significant because the killer would have held onto the knots while strangling the victim. But today's testimony makes it appear that the tights were used to tie Chandra up.

So she had one tights leg tied around her right wrist and one tights leg tied around her left wrist. How does that help her attacker accomplish sexual assault or murder?

Posted by: blasmaic | November 2, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

If she were already dead and was tied up like a package to be disposed of, then it it would make sense.

Posted by: jeremiah1967 | November 2, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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