October 20th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Judge strikes some potential jurors in Levy murder trial

Chandra Levy disappeared nine years ago. Her remains were found in a park more than a year later.

Chandra Levy disappeared nine years ago. Her remains were found in a park more than a year later.

Paul Courson

Washington (CNN) - The judge in the Chandra Levy murder trial struck several potential jurors Wednesday because of their answers on a jury questionnaire.

The potential jurors are being considered to hear the case of Ingmar Guandique, who's charged in Levy's 2001 murder.

The suspect, a reputed member of the Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was led into the courtroom in handcuffs. As on Monday, when the jury pool was initially called up, Guandique again wore a turtleneck shirt beneath a gray suit jacket. The high collar is thought to be a way to hide tattoos that could be interpreted as a gang affiliation.

Levy's disappearance nine years ago received widespread publicity because of her relationship with a sitting congressman. The revelation contributed to the political downfall of Rep. Gary Condit, who now is on the list of those who may be called to the witness stand. The California congressman lost in a 2002 Democratic primary and left at the end of his term.

Police said Condit was never a suspect in the case, although he was questioned intensively as investigators tried to find Levy, who vanished after a going-away party at the end of her federal internship at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Her remains were found more than a year later in a wooded area of Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C.

Authorities believe Guandique attacked Levy, 24, as she jogged in the park, allegedly killing her when she began to scream.

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  1. Annie Kate

    When the search for Levy was going on it sure wasn't clear from the police that Condit wasn't a suspect. I wonder what Condit would say to this in retrospect. The furor over what his involvement was or wasn't at the time seemingly cost him the election.

    Some of the statements that got people struck from the jury pool for this case are interesting – I wonder if they were trying to get struck and said such over the top statements or if that is the way they truly feel? At any rate, it makes good reading.

    October 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm |