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Mystery Deepens In Chandra Levy Murder Hearing

5:47 PM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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Ingmar Guandique (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Closed hearings, disappearing documents, sealed transcripts, the mystery only deepens in the Chandra Levy murder case, which dates back more than a decade.

DC Superior Court judge Gerald Fisher has just refused requests by media lawyers to unseal transcripts of two long hearings that have taken place over the last two months. Fisher also declined to promise that a hearing Thursday will be open to the public.

Ingmar Guandique, the convicted killer of the Washington intern, is on his way back to D.C. from a federal prison in Alabama to attend that hearing. 

But prosecutors have demanded secrecy about most of the details, and the judge has agreed.

We know the hearing is about some kind of problem with a witness who helped send Guandique to prison for 60 years and the judge has also said it has something to do with safety.

But beyond that, it's all secret, despite the best efforts of both Guandique's lawyers and the lawyers for the media, who say the Constitution presumes that court hearings should be open unless there is a compelling reason to close them.

Sources are saying that Guandique's lawyers are demanding a new trial because one of the witnesses was so tainted that the Salvadoran immigrant and gang member's conviction two years ago cannot stand.

A defense attorney said the Thursday hearing will be about defense access to more information about that witness but we don't know which witness.

This case fascinated the country in the year before 9/11. In particular because of the possibility that a Congressman who was having an affair with Levy might have been involved. Jurors were convinced Guandique ambushed Levy while she was out jogging in Rock Creek Park.

 

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