May 23, 2015

Updated: Man Convicted of 2001 Washington DC Chandra Levy Homicide Granted New Trial

Posted March 4, 2009 10:10 PM ET; Last updated May 23, 2015 3:47 PM ET

Chandra Levy, Washington DC 2001 Homicide

[From article]
Guandique’s attorneys had previously asked a judge to grant him a new trial because they said a key witness in the case, Guandique’s one-time cellmate, gave false or misleading testimony during his 2010 trial. Guandique’s attorneys said prosecutors knew or should have known the testimony was problematic and investigated further.
"The government continues to believe the jury’s verdict was correct,” prosecutors wrote in their motion, adding that they didn’t believe anything else learned during a post-trial investigation “casts doubt on the defendant’s guilt.”
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In a court document filed in support of a new trial, however, Guandique’s attorneys suggested Morales lied several times at trial, including testifying he had not asked for anything in exchange for his testimony when, in fact, they say he asked to be put in a witness protection program.
They also argued Morales, a former California gang leader, testified at trial that he didn’t know how to come forward with information to law enforcement when, in fact, he was an experienced cooperator who had previously provided information.

New trial for man convicted in Chandra Levy murder
By Associated Press
New York Post
May 22, 2015 | 6:32pm

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National Media Avoid Identifying Levy Murder Suspect as an Illegal
By Brent Baker
March 4, 2009 - 02:44 ET

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