WASHINGTON D.C. — Prosecutors say they will not retry a man convicted of killing a Washington intern in 2002.
The U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia says in a statement Thursday the office has moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with 24-year-old Chandra Levy’s 2001 murder.
The statement says prosecutors concluded they could not convict Guandique “based on recent unforeseen developments that were investigated over the past week.” The statement does not explain any more.
A jury convicted Guandiqu of Levy’s murder in 2010 and sentenced to 60 years in prison, but he was granted a new trial last year.
Levy’s 2001 disappearance created a national sensation after the Modesto, California, native was romantically linked with then-Congressman Gary Condit.
Levy’s remains were found in Washington’s Rock Creek Park in 2002. Prosecutors argued her death fit a pattern of attacks Guandique committed on female joggers.
Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, has been incarcerated while awaiting retrial. Pending court action he’ll be released to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the statement says, where he faces removal proceedings.
Before the charges were dismissed, defense attorneys indicated they hoped to introduce evidence that would cast suspicion on Condit.
In May, defense attorneys filed a motion asking the judge to depose several women who told federal investigators that they had romantic relationships with Condit and alleged he had an interest in rough sex and bondage. Some of the women expressed fear of the former congressman and said he instructed them to keep their relationships secret.
Defense attorneys wrote about knotted tights found near Levy’s remains and believed to be used to restrain her; defense attorneys said two women would testify Condit had a sexual interest in tying them up.
Condit was cleared in the case and has never been charged. It’s not clear why prosecutors moved to dismiss the case against Guandique.