My mind is just blown with this one.
The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia made a shocking announcement today in the Chandra Levy case. They are dismissing the case against Ingmar Guandique, concluding that “it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt.”
As you may recall, 24-year-old Chandra Levy was an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, DC when she disappeared after going jogging in May 2001. Her disappearance attracted national attention after it was discovered that she had been having an affair with Gary Condit, a married Congressman. Her skeletal remains were found in Rock Creek Park in May 2002.
Condit was never named a suspect by police, but he remained under a cloud of suspicion with the public as the case went unsolved for years.
Condit gave an interview to Connie Chung on Primetime:
Then, in 2009, police arrested Ingmar Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvadore, and charged him wth Chandra’s murder. He had been convicted for assaulting two other women in that same park around the same time as Chandra’s disappearance. Guandique was convicted of Chandra’s murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison.
In June 2015, Guandique was granted a new trial. The judge stated in that filing that prosecutors had failed to disclose that one of their main witnesses, a cell mate of Guandique’s who had testified that Guandique had confessed, had previous contact with prosecutors and may have been testifying in order to get a reduced sentence in his own case.
Then today, Judge Robert E. Morin issued an order to dismiss the case without prejudice after the US Attorney’s office said they will not move forward with a retrial, saying that “recent unforeseen developments that were investigated over the past week led to this decision.”
Guandique will be freed from prison but will be transferred to the custody of immigration agents, who will seek to have him deported.
I have so many questions that I hope are answered in the following days. What were these “unforeseen developments” from the past week? Are they convinced of Guandique’s innocence or they just can’t prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt? Do they have another suspect in mind?