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Saturday, May 15, 2010


Judge won't move trial in Levy case

A D.C. Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the trial of Ingmar Guandique, the man charged in the death of Chandra Levy, will stay in the District, despite Guandique's attorneys' concerns about media coverage affecting jury selection.

Guandique's attorneys also asked Judge Gerald I. Fisher to have their client's previous convictions ruled inadmissible in his Oct. 4 trial.

Guandique, 28, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, has been serving a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to attacking two other women at knifepoint in Rock Creek Park about the time that Levy disappeared May 1, 2001.

Prosecutors want to use the previous crimes to show a pattern of Guandique attacking female joggers in the park.

Fisher said he plans to rule soon on the matter.

-- Keith L. Alexander

Man hit with bleach outside courtroom

A Northwest Washington woman allegedly threw bleach in the face of an ex-boyfriend outside a courtroom at D.C. Superior Court, police said.

Diane J. Payne, 52, was charged with three counts, including assault, threats and possessing a weapon, after she was arrested in an attack on Jerell Reddick, who was in court Wednesday for a traffic case.

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