WASHINGTON — A judge says a key witness against the man convicted of murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy in 2001 could be discredited by new information.
Judge Gerald Fisher was speaking Thursday at the end of a hearing in the case, one of several recent hearings largely conducted out of earshot of the public and press. That pattern continued as government lawyers and lawyers for Ingmar Guandique spent about an hour and a half in private conversation.
Fisher says prosecutors provided him information in November that could be used to discredit the testimony former Guandique cellmate Armando Morales. Morales testified that Guandique confided he was responsible for Levy's death.
The disappearance of the 24-year-old became international news after she was romantically linked with then-California Rep. Gary Condit.
Chandra Levy Murder
Chandra Ann Levy, a government intern, went missing in Washington, D.C. in May, 2001. The 24-year-old University of Southern California student had been interning with the Bureau of Prisons for seven months before she disappeared.
Chandra Levy Murder - The Parents
Levy's parents, Robert, right, and Susan, announced their campaign to upgrade their daughter's status beyond that of a missing person June 21, 2001 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC.
Chandra Levy Murder
Washington, DC. police distributed these images of Levy on July 13, 2001 showing what she could look like with different hair styles.
Chandra Levy Murder - The Affair
US Congressman Gary Condit, D-CA, was under intense scrutiny in the Levy case, after Levy's father, Robert Levy, told police <a href="http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/26/chandra-levys-father-testifies-about-her-affair-with-condit/">he believed his daughter had been having an affair with the congressman</a>. The congressman said he had not heard from Levy in over a week, when police questioned him on May 8, 2001. His apartment was searched on July 9, 2001, where <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/specials/chandra/ch8_1.html">his affair with Levy was confirmed</a>.
Chandra Levy Murder - The Search
Police searched Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. for Levy on July 16, 2001. Investigators saw in <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=DQBJAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2IIMAAAAIBAJ&dq=chandra%20levy%20laptop&pg=3598%2C66681">Levy's laptop history</a> that, on the day she disappeared, she'd looked up a "map site" for the Klingle Mansion in Rock Creek Park, The Vindicator reported.
Chandra Levy Murder - 1 Year Later
Kristinn Taylor attends a candlelight vigil marking the one-year anniversary of Levy's disappearance outside Levy's apartment building May 1, 2002 in Washington, DC.
Chandra Levy Murder - Remains Found
Levy's remains were not found until May 2002. <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2002-05-22/us/levy.body_1_chandra-levy-heartfelt-sorrow-and-condolences-levy-family?_s=PM:US">She was identified through dental records</a>, CNN reported.
Chandra Levy Murder - Memorial
In this photo a family friend of the Levy's wipes her eyes before a memorial on May 28, 2002 in Modesto, California.
Chandra Levy Murder - Suspect Named
Ingmar Guandique became a suspect in the Levy case after being arrested for allegedly attacking two women, Halle Shilling and Christy Wiegand, on May 14, 2001 and July 1, 2001, respectively, in the same park where Levy's body was found. On July 2, after being shown a photograph of Levy, Guandique told police he'd seen her in the park but did not attack her.
Chandra Levy Murder - Ingmar Guandique
On August 26, 2001, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/specials/chandra/ch10_printer.html">a jailhouse informant told police that Guandique confessed to killing Levy</a>. On May 19, 2009, Guandique was <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/pdf/GuandiqueArrestWarrant.pdf">indicted for first-degree murder</a>.
Chandra Levy Murder - The Trial
Nine years after her murder in Washington, DC, jury selection began in the case. The trial began on October 18, 2010.
Chandra Levy Murder - The Verdict
The <a href="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/crime-scene/chandra-levy/levy-death-trial-jury-delibera.html">jury began deliberations</a> on November 15, 2010. Guandique was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder on Nov. 22.
Chandra Levy Murder - The Sentence
On February 11, 2011, a D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced Guandique to 60 years in prison.