Validity of Inmate’s Testimony Questioned in Levy Case

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    Bill Hennessy
    Armando Morales, a former cellmate of Ingmar Guandique, testifed on Nov. 4, 2010, in the Chandra Levy murder trial. (Courtroom sketch courtesy of Bill Hennessy.)

    At a hearing in D.C. Thursday, the identity of the witness whose testimony in the trial of Ingmar Guandique has come into question was revealed.

    Prison inmate Armando Morales testified that Guandique told him about the killing of Washington intern Chandra Levy. Guandique was convicted in 2010 of killing Levy.

    A judge closed recent hearings, though documents related to some of them were unsealed in February. The records show that government prosecutors asked to seal a Dec. 18 hearing to talk about information they learned about after Guandique was sentenced. They also show defense attorneys believe the information calls into question the testimony of a witness and that they plan to ask for a new trial.

    The judge gave both sides 30 days to resolve security issues involved with hearings on the validity of Morales's testimony.

    Levy disappeared in 2001, and her remains were found in 2002.