Ever since Chandra Levy first went missing in 2001, this has been a rollercoaster of a case.
On Thursday, prosecutors announced they won’t retry Ingmar Guandique for the tragic murder of Chandra. The news comes on the heels of a judge granting a new trial for the perp in May 2015 due to a key witness allegedly lying to a jury back in 2010.
For those who don’t remember, Ms. Levy’s disappearance in May 2001 was at the forefront of the news prior to the 9/11 terror attacks. The 24-year-old’s mysterious case was intensified due to her affair with former Congressman Gary Condit when she was an intern.
Unfortunately, C.L.’s remains were found more than a year later in a park where she had gone jogging the day of her disappearance. It wasn’t until nine years after the discovery that authorities honed in on Ingmar who had been accused of attacking two female joggers in the past.
While prosecutors had the chilling testimonies of Guandique’s other victims, most of their case rested on a jailhouse informant who said the criminal confessed to killing Chandra.
Following I.G.’s conviction (he was sentenced to sixty years in jail), his defense team tirelessly petitioned a judge to release their client over what they claimed was an unreliable informant. Ultimately, the team was granted their wish and an opportunity for a retrial.
To the disappointment of Levy’s family, the prosecutors decided to forgo a retrial considering most of their case was built on the testimony of a now unusable informant:
“Today, in the interests of justice and based on recent unforeseen developments that were investigated over the past week, the office moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with the May 2001 murder of Chandra Levy. The office has concluded that it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt.”
A source from the investigation went on to say:
“I don’t have any additional information to provide at this time. We’re not planning on any additional statements outside of court.”
As for Chandra’s mother, Susan Levy, she expressed dismay at the news via CNN:
“I am sick to my stomach and am having trauma and grief all over again. We all want our truth. I want to make sure we find out the truth. My husband and I hope that justice is found for our family.”
Now that Ingmar has been cleared of the charges, he will be deported back to El Salvador. The accused was initially here in the United States illegally.
So, what do YOU think of this news?
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