Secret documents in the case of Chandra Levy‘s murder will be revealed thanks to a Washington D.C. Superior Court judge’s ruling.
Ingmar Guandique was convicted in 2010 of murdering the 24-year-old Washington intern in 2001 and in 2011 was given two concurrent 60-year sentences. But Guandique’s defense now seeks to overturn the conviction with new evidence about a lead witness.
Hearings in late 2012 and Jan. 2013 involved secret conversations between Judge Gerald Fisher and lawyers in the case, and now CNN reports transcripts of those communications will be unsealed. The Associated Press and other media outlets requested the court unseal the documents, and Fisher ruled the transcripts released. The conversations took place at Fisher’s bench, precluding courtroom observers from hearing what was argued.
Guandique was convicted with no physical evidence linking him to Levy’s death nearly a decade prior. A former gang member and convicted felon, Armando Morales, testified that Guandique confessed to him. However, in court, Guandique denied any involvement in Levy’s death. Guandique’s attorney claims Morales gave contradictory testimony.
Levy’s disappearance garnered national attention when the investigation uncovered a sexual relationship with married U.S. Congressman Gary Condit.