Defense attorneys representing the man convicted of killing intern Chandra Levy in 2001 made a request Wednesday for a new trial in the case.
The request on behalf Ingmar Guandique comes after attorneys revealed new information about a key witness in the trial this year.
Guandique was convicted of Levy's murder in 2010 and is serving a 60-year prison sentence. But last year, prosecutors approached a judge with "significant impeaching" information about the government witness — jailhouse informant Armando Morales.
Prosecutors disclosed that Morales had lied when he testified he had never previously provided information to law enforcement in other criminal cases. Defense attorneys said they had not been made aware before the trial that Morales had offered to provide information to law enforcement or testify in other court cases, information that could have been used to challenge his credibility.
Morales testified during the 2010 trial that Guandique had admitted to killing Levy, a 24-year-old federal intern, while the two were cellmates.
Levy disappeared May 1, 2001, after leaving her apartment in jogging clothes. Her remains were found in 2002 in a heavily wooded area of Rock Creek Park. The case attracted particular attention when it was revealed she had a romantic relationship with Gary Condit, then a member of Congress from California.
In the coming months, defense attorneys and prosecutors will both have to file motions in D.C. Superior Court. A status hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 6.
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