Chandra Levy Case Finally Comes To An End With Guilty Verdict
Nine years after the fact, and after a year or more in which Congressman Gary Condit was dragged through the media circus, the Chandra Levy murder case finally came to an end today:
A D.C. Superior Court jury on Monday found Ingmar Guandique guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of former federal intern Chandra Levy.
The jury of nine women and three men reached its verdict after 3 1/2 days of deliberations.
The verdict was a major victory for the U.S. attorney’s office in the District.
The Levy case was challenging for the prosecution from the start. There was no forensic evidence linking Guandique to the crime scene; no murder weapon; no eyewitness; and no definitive ruling from the medical examiner on what killed Levy. Numerous mistakes by police and forensic scientists further hampered the investigation.
Levy, 24, disappeared May 1, 2001. She was having an affair at the time with Gary A. Condit, the married congressman from her California home town, who was 30 years her senior, and Condit was the first suspect in Levy’s disappearance. Levy was in Washington after having completed an internship as part of her master’s degree studies at the University of Southern California
The Levy murder, and Condit’s supposed involvement, was fodder for the local and national media for much of the summer of 2001, and it wasn’t until the September 11th attacks that the case largely disappeared from the news. For Condit, though, the damages was done. He lost a primary the following spring and left Congress in 2003. Considering the fact that the most he did was have an affair with an intern, one wonders if he’s asking the same question that former Labor Secretary Ray Donovan did after he was acquitted in a racketeering trial in 1987:
“Which office do I go to get my reputation back?