Chandra Levy Murder Case Goes to Jury

By Brandon Benavides
|  Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010  |  Updated 6:26 PM EDT
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The jury began deliberations in the trial of the man accused of killing D.C. intern Chandra Levy in 2001. (Courtroom sketches by Bill Hennessy.)

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Jurors finished their first day of deliberations in the Chandra Levy murder trial without reaching a verdict.

Lawyers, meanwhile, spent much of Wednesday debating what evidence the jury can see.

Jurors began deliberating the fate of suspect Ingmar Guandique, who is on trial for the 2001 murder of the Washington intern, at about 10 a.m., NBC Washington's Aaron Gilchrist reported. Then the prosecution and defense argued about what exhibits and transcripts the jury could have in the room with them.

Attorneys made their final arguments Tuesday, wrapping up a month of testimony. The judge has dismissed them, Gilchrist reported.

Prosecutors closed their case by saying Guandique's face was the last thing Levy saw before she died in Rock Creek Park. Her death fits the pattern of other crimes committed by Guandique in 2001, they claim.

But the defense argued there was no evidence linking Guandique to Levy. Public defender Santha Sonenberg said it was Sen. Gary Condit -- and not her client -- who acted "like a guilty man" in the months after Levy went missing.

Prosecutors said Levy's death fits the pattern of other crimes committed by Guandique in 2001.


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