Timeline of the Chandra Levy murder case

After arriving in Washington for an internship in fall 2000, Chandra Levy, 24, of Modesto, Calif., went missing in May 2001. Levy's remains were found in a secluded area of Rock Creek Park in May 2002. No one was arrested in connection with her death until 2009, when police charged Ingmar Guandique, 29, with first-degree murder. Guandique was found guilty in the case on Nov. 22, 2010, and sentenced to 60 years in prison on Feb. 11, 2011.

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Sequence of Events

Fall 2000

Chandra Levy arrives in Washington to work as an intern for the federal Bureau of Prisons and soon meets U.S. Rep. Gary Condit.

May 1, 2001

Levy disappears after leaving her Dupont Circle apartment.

May 14, 2001

Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant in the United States illegally, attacks Halle Shilling, a 30-year-old writer, while she is jogging in Rock Creek Park. Shilling fights off her attacker and escapes.

July 1, 2001

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

July 2, 2001

Guandique admits to "bumping into" Shilling and Wiegand and is charged with both attacks. Shown a photograph of Levy, he says he saw her in the park but did not attack her. That same day, flight attendant Anne Marie Smith goes public about her affair with Condit. The media frenzy surrounding the case explodes.

July 9, 2001

Condit secretly provides police with a DNA sample. It matches DNA found on Levy’s underwear.

July 10, 2001

Police search Condit's apartment.

Aug. 12, 2001

The Modesto Bee, Condit's hometown newspaper, calls for the congressman's resignation.

Aug. 23, 2001

In an interview with ABC's Connie Chung, Condit denies any role in Levy's disappearance. His performance is considered to be a public relations disaster.

Aug. 26, 2001

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

Sept. 11, 2001

Terrorists strike the World Trade Center and the Pentagon; the Levy case vanishes from the headlines.

Feb. 8, 2002

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

May 22, 2002

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

October 2002

Snipers terrorize the Washington region; the Levy case again disappears from the headlines.

Spring 2007

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier assigns new detectives to the Levy case. They begin reviewing old case files.

July 13-27, 2008

The Washington Post publishes a 13-part investigation into the case, identifying Guandique as the most likely suspect in the murder of Chandra Levy.

Sept. 9, 2008

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

November 2008

Detectives interview an unidentified witness who claims Guandique confessed to killing a woman who "looked Italian."

Nov. 25, 2008

Detectives interview Halle Shilling and Christie Wiegand for the first time.

Late 2008

Detectives interview another unidentified witness who says Guandique boasted that he killed a "young woman."

February 2009

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

Feb. 26, 2009

Prison officials find a makeshift knife in Guandique’s cell after he vows not to "go out alone" if police try to arrest him.

May 19, 2009

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

May 27, 2009

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

Oct. 16, 2009

Prosecutors tell Judge Gerald I. Fisher that an FBI analyst accidentally got some of her DNA on evidence recovered from the Levy's crime scene. Prosecutors also acknowledge that they cannot account for DNA detected on Levy’s leggings.

Oct. 30, 2009

Guandique allegedly threatens a former prison inmate and is later charged in that case.

July 16, 2010

U.S. Marshals in D.C. Superior Court alert Judge Fisher that Guandique is now considered an "extreme flight risk." Additional security personnel are posted at the courtroom door and around Guandique during all subsequent hearings.

Sept. 11, 2010

Judge Fisher 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.

Sept. 27, 2010

Judge Fisher issues a gag order, barring defense attorneys and prosecutors from speaking publicly about the case.

Oct. 18, 2010

The trial begins; it is expected to last about five weeks.

Nov. 15, 2010

The defense rests its case, and the jury begins deliberations.

Nov. 22, 2010

The jury convicts Guandique of two counts of first-degree murder.

Feb. 11, 2011

A D.C. Superior Court judge sentences Guandique to 60 years in prison.

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