- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 20, 2002

Three nationally known forensics specialists will assist the family of Chandra Levy in finding evidence they hope will lead to her killer.
Billy Martin, the attorney for the Levy family, said that Dr. Henry Lee, Dr. Cyril H. Wecht and Dr. Michael Baden examined the remains of Miss Levy yesterday and want other physical evidence released so they can examine it.
The U.S. attorney has refused to release any further evidence.
Mr. Martin would not criticize the police investigation or the autopsy conducted by Dr. Jonathan Arden, chief medical examiner for the District, but said that family has a right to have others look at the evidence.
"The family has a right to know whether it was done properly," Mr. Martin said. "We are looking for a second opinion."
Mr. Martin said the forensics specialists want to examine the clothing, other evidence and the investigation reports to be sure that the investigation has been conducted properly.
He said they will also continue searching Rock Creek Park.
"We will return to the scene and we will continue trying to recover all of Chandra's remains," he said.
Channing Phillips, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Roscoe C. Howard Jr., said that the evidence will not be released to the three forensic experts, two of whom, Dr. Lee and Dr. Baden, testified for the defense in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson in 1995.
"We are aware of the request and have taken it under advisement," Mr. Phillips said. "Although while I believe we have a good relationship with Mr. Martin's office, no one, including Mr. Martin wants to do anything that will compromise the integrity of this investigation or jeopardize our ability to bring this case to closure."
D.C. police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said that as soon as Dr. Arden completes his examination of the remains it would be his decision whether to release the body to the family.
But he said it is doubtful the clothing and other evidence would ever be released in an open investigation. "It wouldn't be in the best interest of the case because of chain of custody issues," the chief said. The evidence is being analyzed by the FBI Crime Laboratory.
The remains and the clothing of the 24-year-old former government intern were found in Rock Creek Park on May 22. Some of the remains were scattered and police had to return to the park to continue to search after Mr. Martin's investigators found more bones.
Miss Levy was last seen April 30, 2001. Police searched her apartment one week later but found no sign of a struggle or anything missing, other than Miss Levy's keys. Her keys have not been recovered.
Rep. Gary A. Condit, 53, California Democrat, who was defeated in the Democratic primary in May, acknowledged to police that he had had an affair with Miss Levy but denied any involvement in her disappearance.
Dr. Arden has ruled Miss Levy's death a homicide.
All three of the family's new forensic team members said they are working for the family for free.
"We are providing our services pro bono," Dr. Wecht said. "There are no charges for our research."
Dr. Wecht is a forensic pathologist and chairman of the Department of Pathology at the Central Medical Center and Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Lee is the former chief of the Connecticut State Police laboratory and was an expert witness in the Simpson trial. Dr. Baden is a forensic pathologist who is co-director of the New York State Police Medical Investigation Unit.
Dr. Baden said it will be difficult to determine the cause of Miss Levy's death because it took so long for her body to be discovered. The time element also could obscure evidence that would lead to the killer's identity.
"The cause of death is more difficult [to determine] with the passing of time. It does not mean the cause of death could not be determined," Dr. Baden said.

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