In May 2001, the skeletal remains of Chandra Levy were found in Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. The 24-year-old was working as an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the time, and police later learned she was having an affair with Congressman Gary Condit.
Condit was never named as a suspect in the case, and in 2009, police arrested an illegal immigrant from El Salvador named Ingmar Guandique. Guandique was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 60 years in prison. In June 2015, he was granted a new trial, and in July of this year, prosecutors decided that they would not proceed with his trial, but would seek to have him deported.
Read on for details about the murder of Chandra Levy.
1. Gary Condit Recently Denied Ever Having an Affair With Levy
On October 24, the Daily Mail reported that Gary Condit denied ever having an affair or sexual relationship with Chandra Levy.
Condit made the statement in an interview with Dr. Phil that aired on October 27. During the interview, Condit says, “I saw her one time. I saw her one time outside the office, at a restaurant. And she came by my condo once.” When Dr. Phil asks if he is sure it was only once, the Daily Mail says that Condit “stumbled over his words”, and responded, “Maybe twice. Yeah I think it was twice she came by…But once again I want to make this clear, there’s nothing unusual about someone coming by my condo. A lot of people did.”
2. Her Body Was Found a Year After She Was Last Seen
Chandra was last heard from on May 1, 2001. She had recently finished up her internship at the Federal Bureau of Prisons and had sent her parents an email informing them of her travel plans to return to California for graduation. According to the Daily Mail, she had ended her apartment lease and cancelled her gym membership around that time. On May 5, her parents filed a missing persons report.
In July, the police announced that it was like Chandra’s body would never be located. However, on May 22, 2002, a man found the skeletal remains of Chandra in Washington Rock Creek Park– the same place investigators had recently searched for her body.
The Daily Mail reports, “Her death was determined to be a homicide soon after, and a month after her skull and bones were found private investigators hired by her parents also found her shin bones less than 100 feet from where her remains had initially been discovered that May.”
3. Guandique Had Previously Assaulted Two Other Women in the Same Park Where Levy’s Remains Were Found
In September 2001, police were contacted about a man in a DC jail, who said he had information about Levy’s murderer. The man, who at first wanted to be anonymous but has now been identified as Armando Morales, said that Ingmar Guandique confessed to killing Levy.
Authorities later learned that Guandique also failed to show up for work the day Levy disappeared. The 20-year-old illegal immigrant from El Salvador denied killing the 24-year-old, and on November 28, he failed a polygraph test. At the time, he was serving time for drug charges. Guandique was never formally charged in Chandra’s death, and the case was considered a cold case until the city’s police chief reopened the investigation in 2006.
In 2009, Gaundique was charged with the murder, and indicted on six counts including kidnapping, first-degree murder committed during a kidnapping, attempted first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree murder committed during a sexual offense, attempted robbery, and first-degree murder committed during a robbery. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison.
On May 22, 2015, prosecutors dropped their opposition to a new trial, citing evidence that the prosecutor’s star witness, the original informant who was in prison with Gaundique, was lying on the stand. On July 28 of this year, the prosecution revealed that they would not be proceeding with the case, and that they would seek to have Guandique deported.
4. Levy’s Parents Are Furious With Condit
Condit has discussed Chandra’s murder, his relationship with her, and his opinions on who committed the act in a book he has written titled “Actual Malice: A True Crime Political Thriller.” During his interview with Dr. Phil, Condit admitted that he personally didn’t have interest in writing a book, but his children urged him to “set the record straight”, writes the Daily Mail.
In response to the claims that he was never sexually involved with Levy, Chandra’s mother, Susan, has said that she doesn’t believe him. She tells People, “I think he’s running scared. I think he’s trying to clear his name. There was definitely something going on between my daughter and him, unfortunately.”
5. A Part-Time Television Extra Has Claimed Morales Is a Liar
Babs Proller, a part-time television extra who has appeared on the Netflix series “House of Cards” said that that Armando Morales (the informant who told police that Ingmar Guandique admitted to him that he attacked Levy) is a liar, and cannot be trusted as a witness, according to ABC News. Proller, who met Morales while she was living in a Maryland hotel, grew suspicious of the man, and secretly recorded their conversations.
In the taped conversations, Proller can be heard asking Morales about Guandique’s connection to Levy’s death. Morales is heard saying, “The dude that I testified– he commited a homicide.” When Proller pushes him about whether Guandique really said he committed the crime, Morales responds, “I don’t know, I can’t answer that.”
Eventually, Proller got Morales to confess to lying, and she tells ABC News she immediately called Susan Levy. ABC notes, however, that Proller has “credibility and legal issues of her own.” In 2012, she was arrested for theft and received three years’ probation as a result.
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