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
Washington Post Editors
| November 2, 2010; 11:31 AM ET
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