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Defense says Levy wasn't killed in park; Kaine is asked to spare life of sniper Muhammad; 2 teens injured fleeing fire

Attorneys for John Allen Muhammad say he is mentally ill and shouldn't be executed.
Attorneys for John Allen Muhammad say he is mentally ill and shouldn't be executed. (Associated Press)
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Saturday, October 24, 2009


Place of Levy killing at issue

The attorneys for Ingmar Guandique told a D.C. Superior Court judge Friday that they believe Chandra Levy was killed somewhere other than Rock Creek Park, where the former congressional intern's remains were found.

Maria Hawilo of the Public Defender Service asked Judge Geoffrey M. Alprin to require the government to submit more than 82 pieces of evidence found not only in Rock Creek Park, where authorities discovered Levy's remains a year after she disappeared in May 2001, but also items found in Levy's apartment and the apartment of then-Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Calif.), with whom Levy was having an affair.

Hawilo said Guandique's attorneys want to test and review items from areas outside the park because "we don't believe the park is the crime scene." Guandique, 28, was arrested in April and charged with first-degree murder in Levy's killing.

Prosecutors alleged Guandique killed Levy while she was jogging in the park. They objected to the request, saying the defense was asking for the items to delay the trial, which is scheduled for Jan. 27.

Alprin rejected Hawilo's request and signed an order that required prosecutors to turn over only evidence found in the park near where the remains were discovered.

-- Keith L. Alexander

5 Metrobus riders are hurt in crash

Five Metrobus passengers were injured Friday night in a three-vehicle crash in Northeast Washington, authorities said.

The five were aboard the B7 bus, which was headed toward Deanwood. It was hit about 10 p.m. while it was stopped at Minnesota Avenue and Clay Place, said Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

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