Case Dismissed Against Man Once Convicted of Chandra Levy Murder
A man once convicted of the murder of Washington, D.C., intern Chandra Levy will not be retried, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia said today.
The U.S. Attorney’s office moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with Levy’s murder after the office concluded that “it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Guandique was convicted of Levy’s murder in 2010, but his conviction was later overturned after a “jailhouse snitch” who provided key testimony against Guandique at the time of his conviction was proven to have been lying.
The U.S. Attorney’s office said today it will not proceed with the retrial, saying that “recent unforeseen developments that were investigated over the past week led to this decision.”
Guandique, who had been incarcerated while awaiting retrial, will, “pending action by the Court,” be “released to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where he faces removal proceedings,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
Levy vanished in May 2001. Her remains were found the next year in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. Guandique has denied any involvement in her murder.
Levy had been an intern for the Bureau of Prisons, and was involved in a relationship with Rep. Gary Condit, D-California, before her death. Condit, who was married at the time, admitted to having an affair with Levy, but denied having any role in her death. He was investigated but never charged in connection with the murder.
ABC News’ Mike Levine contributed to this report.