On Thursday, federal prosecutors dropped the murder charges against Ingmar Guandique, who was accused of murdering the federal government intern Chandra Levy in 2001. Guandique was initially convicted for Levy’s murder back in 2010, when he was sent to prison and sentenced to 60 years. Even so, he was granted a new trial this past year soon after lawyers claimed a essential witnesses lied to the jury. Now, “based on current unforeseen developments,” the charges against Guandique have been dropped.
When he was first put on trial for the murder of Levy, Guandique was currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for attacking female runners, which enhanced suspicion of his guilt taking into consideration Levy’s physique was discovered in the park she regularly ran in. During the complete trial, Guandique insisted he was innocent, and it appears now, after the breaking developments that stay confidential to the public, he will obtain legal confirmation of his innocence.
A statement released in USA Today by Lauren Hankins, the common counsel to his public defender stated: “Mr. Guandique has maintained considering that the starting, when he passed an FBI administered lie detector test, that he did not kill Ms. Levy. This dismissal vindicates Mr. Guandique. Ultimately, the government has had to concede the flaws in its ill-gotten conviction.”
The U.S. Attorney’s workplace announced that when the legal approach of dropping his charges is full, he will be immediately released from jail into the custody of immigration agents simply because of his illegal immigration status from El Salvador.
Whilst wrongfully accusing an illegal immigrant with a criminal background of a high-profile murder feels quite American and in-tune with our way of unequally distributing duty, this instantly raises the question: if it truly wasn’t Guandique, then who murdered Levy?
The very first suspect that right away comes to thoughts is former Congressman Gary Condit, who was caught in an extramarital affair with Levy ahead of her death. An report published in The Washington Post in Might included interviews with two girls who have been former lovers of Condit, who revealed his alleged penchant for bondage and aggression throughout sex.
Soon after hearing these women’s stories, Guandique’s attorneys planned to use their accounts of Condit’s history of violent sex as a possible defense against the persistent allegations against their defendant, telling The Washington Post:
“Aggressive sex involving bondage is not an completely safe activity, and Mr. Condit would have had a effective motive to dispose of Ms. Levy’s remains — and her tights that had been tied in knots — if she died for the duration of sexual activity with Mr. Condit.”
Explicit details surrounding the breaking information on Guandique’s innocence still haven’t been released to the public, and it remains to be seen no matter whether or not Condit will be charged for the murder.