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“I’m a mother,” Mrs. Levy told the newspaper. “As hard as it’s going to be, it’s something a mother has to do.” On Oct. 8, a D.C. Superior Court judge ruled that she will be allowed to attend the entire trial, despite her potential role as a witness.

Charles Wellford, a University of Maryland criminologist not affiliated with the Levy investigation, said that typically, cold cases like this one are usually solved based on new information that pops up years later when the perpetrator gets careless or starts talking.

“Either they tell someone about the crime or an ex-girlfriend gets upset about the case, for example, and comes forward. There is some kind of new information that comes out” that gives the case new energy, he said.

“In those cases, there is a very high likelihood of a successful conviction, because there already has been significant investment in the investigation.”

The judge in the case has issued a gag order on lawyers, police and investigators. Media attention is expected to be high.

Mr. Stanton, who has continued his career as a private investigator with partner Joe McCann at their College Park, Md., firm, Progressive Security Consultants, said he wishes the Levy case could have been resolved sooner. But he’s not one for Monday-morning quarterbacking.

“We went out and gave it all we had,” he says. “Prior to 9/11, this was the front-page story across the nation. [The 9/11 attacks] are what took it off the front pages, but who knows if it may have prevented capturing the person or persons earlier?”

Mr. Stanton now chooses to keep his focus on remembering Chandra — keeping her memory alive.

“She never had a chance to use all those amazing skills that she had,” he lamented. “We talked to countless people, family, friends, co-workers, associates. And everyone had the same thing to say about her. … She was phenomenal.”