Judge orders court documents unsealed in Chandra Levy case

July 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- A judge ordered the release of sealed documents and transcripts in the 2001 death of Washington intern Chandra Levy.

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher ruled Monday the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia should release the transcripts of conversations between lawyers and the judge at the bench in hearings from 2012 and 2013, CNN reported.

Defense attorneys for Ingmar Guandique, the man convicted of her murder, raised questions about the testimony of a key prosecution witness.

The sealed information includes transcripts of discussions lawyers and Fisher had at the bench that couldn't be heard by courtroom observers. Several media outlets filed court papers seeking to unseal the information.

Levy, who was an intern with the Bureau of Prisons, disappeared in 2001 and her body was found in a Washington park in 2002. The matter drew national headlines because of her liaison with then-U.S. Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif. When her skull was found in Washington's Rock Creek Park, she was identified through dental records.

Guandique was sentenced in 2011 to two concurrent 60-year sentences for murder with kidnapping, and murder with attempted robbery.

During Monday's hearing, Guandique's attorney, Jonathan Anderson, questioned the credibility of Armando Morales, a convicted felon and former gang member who testified at Guandique's trial that Guandique confessed he had killed Levy, CNN said.

Guandique maintained during his trial that he was not involved in the intern's death.

The judge scheduled a status hearing for Sept. 26.

Condit was never a suspect in the case but was questioned about Levy's whereabouts. While he denied he and Levy were involved, an FBI forensic expert later confirmed his semen was in Levy's underwear retrieved from her apartment after she went missing.

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