Request for Trial Delay Rejected in Levy Case

By Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 1, 2009

A D.C. Superior Court judge denied repeated requests Friday for a delay in the trial of Ingmar Guandique, the suspect charged in Chandra Levy's slaying.

At a hearing, Guandique's attorneys said Jan. 27 was too soon for a trial because they were receiving large amounts of evidence from the government and because they had several other trials to prepare for.

Lawyer Santha Sonenberg of the District's Public Defender Service said prosecutors were turning over vast quantities of evidence that they plan to use in the trial. She also said she had to locate witnesses, several of whom live in Central America.

Guandique, 27, was arrested in April and charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Levy, who disappeared in May 2001.

Late Thursday, prosecutors said they had identified a new witness who they say was attacked on a trail before Levy's death by a man who fit Guandique's description.

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