Key events in the Chandry Levy case

Monday, November 22, 2010; 9:46 PM

The trail to Guandique

May 1

Chandra Levy disappears. Ingmar Guandique, who came into the United States illegally from El Salvador, doesn't show up at his construction job.

May 14

Guandique attacks Halle Shilling, a 30-year-old writer who was jogging in Rock Creek Park. She fights off her attacker and escapes.

July 1

Guandique attacks Christy Wiegand, a 25-year-old lawyer who was jogging in Rock Creek Park. She, too, fights him off. Guandique is arrested 45 minutes later.

July 2

Guandique admits to "bumping into" Shilling and Wiegand and is charged in both attacks. Shown a photograph of Levy, he says he saw her in the park but did not attack her.

Aug. 26

A jailhouse informant tells police that Guandique confessed to killing Levy. His story is later dismissed by police and prosecutors.


Feb. 8

Guandique receives a 10-year sentence for attacking the women in Rock Creek Park.

May 22

More than a year after Levy's disappearance, a man walking his dog in Rock Creek Park finds her skeletal remains.


Sept. 9

New detectives assigned to the case visit Guandique in a California prison, where they take his DNA and obtain a statement from him that he "touched" Levy. They also find a photograph of the intern in his cell.

Late 2008

Detectives interview two unidentified witnesses. One claims Guandique confessed to killing a woman who "looked Italian,'' the other says Guandique boasted that he killed a "young woman."



Detectives interview yet another unidentified witness who says Guandique claimed that he killed a woman in a "big park."

May 19

Guandique is indicted for the murder of Chandra Levy, nine years after her disappearance.

May 27

Guandique pleads not guilty in D.C. Superior Court.

Oct. 16

Judge rules that statements Guandique made to detectives are admissible, including one in which he said "so what if I touched her" when asked why his DNA might have been found at the crime scene.


Oct. 18

The trial begins.

Nov. 15

The defense rested its case.

Nov. 22

The jury convicted Guandique on two counts of first-degree murder.

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