Arrest Warrant Issued for Suspected Killer of Chandra Levy

Posted Mar 4, 2009 by Sandy Sand
In a case that went cold for years, Washington D.C. police, said new evidence led them to the alleged killer of Chandra Levy nearly eight years ago and issued and arrest warrant for a jailed felon.
Missing Person
Missing person: Federal Bureau of Prisons intern Chandra Levy
Metropolitan Police Department, DC
The disappearance of Levy stirred national interest when it was revealed that the 24-year-old was having an affair with former Rep. Gary Condit of California, ending his political career.
An arrest warrant has been issued for an illegal Salvadoran immigrant, Ingmar Guandique, 27, who is serving time in a California prison for attacking two women in Rock Creek Park, the same park where Levy’s body was discovered a year after she disappeared.
Two things things led to charges against Guandique: A jail house confession by and inmate who said Guadique confessed and new detectives assigned to the case.
The public defender assigned to Guandique urged the public not to jump to conclusions about the case:
"This flawed investigation, characterized by the many mistakes and missteps of the Metropolitan Police Department and every federal agency that has attempted to solve this case, will not end with the simple issuance of an arrest warrant against Guandique, ... We look forward to trying this case before unbiased jurors who will not rush to judgment."
Jeffrey Toobin, CNN legal analyst said:
“You know, jailhouse confessions are one of the most notorious sources of evidence, especially in high-profile cases, because prisoners are very crafty. They know that if they can come forward with good evidence in a high-profile case, they can sometimes lower their sentences. You know, when you hear about people being acquitted years later on DNA evidence, often you'll find that they were convicted on jailhouse confessions. It's very, very notoriously bad evidence. DNA is great evidence. So, we'll see what the cops have here.”
The word of a convicted felon is not the only lead police are going on. Cathy L. Lanier, D.C., police chief, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor and D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said the "cumulative" circumstantial evidence would be enough to win a conviction.
Reopening the case two years ago, Lanier replaced the lead detective on the case, who had little homicide experience, and replaced him with “fresh eyes”, she said.