Chanda Levy Defendant Pleads Not Guilty to New Charges

Guandique allegedly threatened witness in case

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2009  |  Updated 11:02 AM EDT
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Chanda Levy Defendant Pleads Not Guilty to New Charges

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An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday in the Chandra Levy murder case for Ingmar Guandique, who investigators say has been a person of interest in the case since 2002 and will be charged with first-degree murder upon his transfer from a California federal prison to the District.

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The man accused of killing federal intern Chandra Levy in Washington in 2001 has pleaded not guilty to charges he threatened a witness in the case.

Ingmar Guandique was indicted this month on counts including obstructing justice after authorities said he conveyed the threats from jail. 

Guandique's lawyer entered a not-guilty plea for him to the new charges during an arraignment Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court.

Guandique has already pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other counts filed in April over Levy's death.

Levy had just completed an internship with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons when the 24-year-old disappeared after leaving her apartment in jogging clothes in May 2001. Her body was found a year later in Rock Creek Park.

Guandique has been serving a 10-year sentence for separate assaults in Rock Creek Park.

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