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

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

    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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