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Case Dismissed Against Man Once Convicted of Chandra Levy's Murder


(ABC) -- A man once convicted of the murder of Washington, D.C., intern Chandra Levy will not be retried, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia said today.

The U.S. Attorney's office moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with Levy's murder after the office concluded that "it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt." Judge Robert E. Morin issued an order today to dismiss without prejudice.

Guandique was convicted of Levy’s murder in 2010, but his conviction was later overturned. The U.S. Attorney's office said today it will not proceed with the retrial, saying that “recent unforeseen developments that were investigated over the past week led to this decision."

Levy's disappearance in May 2001 sparked a national scandal that dominated the headlines that summer.

Her remains were found the following year in a remote area of Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C.

Police focused their investigation on Guandique, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador. Guandique, who has denied any involvement in her death, was ultimately charged with Levy's murder in 2009.

In 2010, he was convicted of killing Levy while she was running through Rock Creek Park. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

But a key part of the prosecution's 2010 case against Guandique relied on testimony from Guandique's former cellmate. According to court papers, the cellmate said Guandique confessed to killing Levy. Last year, a judge granted Guandique a new trial because prosecutors failed to disclose that the cellmate had previous contacts with prosecutors in the case, and may have been testifying in hopes of getting a reduced sentence in his own case.

Guandique, who has been incarcerated while awaiting retrial, will, pending action by the Court, be "released to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where he faces removal proceedings," the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Levy was from the district of Rep. Gary Condit, D-California, and Condit reportedly helped her gain an internship at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. When Levy went missing, Condit became the focus of media attention. A married man, Condit admitted to investigators that he an affair with Levy, but denied any connection to her disappearance. Condit was investigated but never charged in connection with the case.

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