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Trial Of Accused Chandra Levy Killer Slated To Begin

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Jury selection in the trial of Ingmar Guandique, the accused killer of Chandra Levy — the intern whose mysterious disappearance created one of the biggest political scandals of the past decade — is slated to begin Monday in Washington D.C., RadarOnline.com is reporting.

Levy was the 24-year-old intern whose disappearance rocked the nation in the summer of 2001, as news outlets closely followed the story amidst speculation her rumored lover, Rep. Gary Condit, a California Democrat, was behind her disappearance.

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Guandique, a 29-year-old El Salvadorian immigrant, killed Levy while she was going for a jog in Washington’s Rock Creek Park on May 1, 2001, prosecutors said.

According to an affidavit, a witness said Guandique told them he was was getting high on a bench in the park with two teens, and bragged he was going to “get” Levy when she ran by.

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Guandique — who claims to have ties to Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha — told the witness he forced Levy off a trail in the park and fatally choked her to muffle her screams, according to the affidavit.

Guandique’s currently serving a 10-year sentence for two knifepoint assaults on other women at the same park Levy disappeared from. A portion of Levy’s remains were retrieved in the park in May 2002.

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While Condit was never charged in connection with Levy’s death, he was gone from office following California’s Democratic primary the following winter. Condit — who since the scandal, has helped oversee a pair of Baskin-Robbins franchises — is expected to testify in the trial.

 

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