Ingmar Guandique's Lawyers Request New Trial in Chandra Levy Murder Case

By Jessica Gresko
|  Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013  |  Updated 9:07 PM EDT
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Lawyers Request New Trial in Chandra Levy Case

Bill Hennessy

Ingmar Guandique on the first day of his trial in the death of Washington intern Chandra Levy. Courtroom sketch courtesty of Bill Hennessy.

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Lawyers for a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy asked a judge to grant a new trial in the case, a request that had been expected for months and won't be ruled on for many more.

A lawyer for Ingmar Guandique made the brief oral motion for a new trial during a court hearing Wednesday in Washington.

Lawyers have been discussing information since late 2012 that could discredit a key prosecution witness, Guandique's one-time cellmate Armando Morales. Morales testified at trial that Guandique confided his responsibility for Levy's 2001 murder.

Guandique's lawyers will make a formal written motion for a new trial early next year based on the information about Morales. Government lawyers will then respond, and a hearing on the issue is expected to follow.

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