- The Washington Times - Friday, January 29, 2010

WASHINGTON | A D.C. judge ordered prosecutors on Friday to turn over additional evidence to the attorneys of a man accused of killing a federal intern.

Ingmar Guandique, 28, has been charged in the death of Chandra Levy, whose remains were found in Rock Creek Park a year after she disappeared in 2001.

At Friday’s hearing, Guandique’s public defender, Maria Hawilo, said defense attorneys want to evaluate dozens of items and possibly perform more tests. Hawilo said that includes material taken from Levy’s apartment, the site where her remains were found, a car that was parked near the park, and former California congressman Gary Condit’s apartment.

Condit represented the Modesto district where Levy grew up and was romantically linked to her, but he was never a suspect.

Defense attorneys have said they believe Levy was killed somewhere other than the park. They also argue that there’s no scientific evidence linking their client to her death.

Guandique has been serving a 10-year sentence for attacks on other women in the same park. He pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other counts filed last April arising from Levy’s death.

Hawilo said the way the evidence was collected over eight years “has been confusing to say the least,” and now trying to piece it together also is confusing.

Prosecutors reiterated that they’ve already handed over thousands of pages of documents and dozens of items of evidence, and said defense attorneys have had access to government witnesses. They questioned the relevancy of some of the items being sought.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald I. Fisher said Hawilo must submit a list of what they’re seeking, and return by March 10 those items as well as material they previously received from prosecutors.

Fisher denied a request from Guandique’s attorneys that DNA profiles be provided for all those who handled certain items. Hawilo said an unknown male DNA profile was found on a pair of tights retrieved from where Levy’s remains were found.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Fernando Campoamor said analysts at Bode Technology Group tested the tights and confirmed the DNA does not belong to Guandique, Condit or any of its employees. Campoamor also said a bra found at the same site contains the DNA of a female analyst from the private lab, but no one else’s DNA is on it.

Guandique, who looked down mostly as he listened to the proceedings through a Spanish translator, is next scheduled to appear in court for a hearing May 14. His jury trial is set for October.

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