Man Convicted in Chandra Levy Slaying Likely to Receive New Trial

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In this handout photo provided by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, Chandra Ann Levy of Modesto, CA poses in this undated file photo.

The man convicted in the 2001 slaying of Washington, D.C., intern Chandra Levy may get a new trial after federal prosecutors on Friday withdrew their opposition, citing defense concerns over a government witness, officials said.

The move sets the stage for a second murder trial for Ingmar Guandique, who was convicted in 2010 of killing Levy while she was running through Rock Creek Park in the nation’s capital nine years earlier.

“We remain firm in our conviction that the jury’s verdict was correct and are preparing for a new trial to ensure that Mr. Guandique is held accountable,” the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington said in a statement.

Much of the prosecution’s case relied on testimony from Armando Morales, Guandique’s former cellmate. Morales said Guandique confessed to killing Levy, but contended he did not sexually assault her.

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