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    Police are close to making an arrest in the Chandra Levy murder case, CNN reported Saturday.
    Police contacted Levy's parents Friday about the potential break in what has become one of Washington, D.C.'s most infamous cold cases.
    Levy, a California native, went missing in April 2001. Her remains were found just over a year later, in May 2002, by a man walking his dog in a remote area of a Washington city park.
    CNN affiliate KGO quoted a Washington television report that said police were pursuing an arrest warrant for Ingmar Guandique, an inmate in the D.C. prison system.
    "I think he admitted it, but I really don't know officially," said Robert Levy, Chandra's father, in reaction to the news that the arrest was imminent. "There's got to be some kind of evidence they are going through, but they have enough to make an arrest, or at least a warrant, even if he's in prison already."
    "We appreciate all the hard work they did," Susan Levy, Chandra's mother, told another CNN affiliate, KXTV. "You want justice. You want the person incarcerated. It is still painful, no matter what. Your child is dead and gone, but we are glad the police are doing something and making a difference."
    The search for Chandra Levy and massive publicity that accompanied it was largely a result of her connection to former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit, D-California.
    Condit has said publicly he had a friendship with Levy, but police sources said he told them the two had a romantic relationship.
    Police questioned Condit several times in connection with the murder, but never named him a suspect.
    Guandique was mentioned in a Washington Post investigation into the unsolved murder published in 2008.
    The newspaper quoted former investigators in the case who said Guandique assaulted two other women in the park where Levy's body was found.
    Guandique admitted seeing Levy in the park, the newspaper reported.

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    May 1, 2001: Levy spends much of the morning surfing the Internet, logging off at 1 p.m. It was the last trace of her until her body was found.

    May 6 Unable to reach their daughter, Dr. Robert and Susan Levy call Washington police. They also call their congressman, Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Ceres).

    May 10 Condit contributes $10,000 to a reward fund and describes Levy as a "great person and good friend." May 16 E-mail written by Levy in December talks about an unidentified romantic interest with ties to Congress. Condit aides deny their boss had an affair with Levy.

    July 2 Flight attendant Ann Marie Smith alleges Condit asked her to sign a declaration denying what she described as a 10-month affair. She also says Condit encouraged her not to talk to investigators looking into the Levy disappearance. Condit denies asking anyone not to cooperate, but he does not dispute the affair.

    July 10 With Condit's consent, police and FBI agents search his Washington apartment.

    July 12 Condit takes a polygraph test arranged by his lawyer, who later announces the test found Condit was honest when he said he had nothing to do with Levy's disappearance.

    Aug. 23 Condit submits to his first interview since Levy's disappearance and denies involvement.

    Nov. 15 A Washington grand jury subpoenas Condit's telephone message slips, calendars and other documents.

    March 5, 2002 Condit loses congressional primary.

    May 22 Dental records confirm remains found in Washington park are Levy's.

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    In "Condit Country," as the midsection of the Central Valley came to be known over the 14 years during which the minister's son represented it in Congress, the scandal clings to the name even as the details recede. The headline in Sunday's Modesto Bee was huge: "Arrest in Levy case imminent, police say."
    But in the years since the last big development in the Levy case, other missing women have taken Chandra's place in the cable news spotlight.
    "I haven't given it a thought in a long time," said Tony Guidace, 45, a cabinetmaker having breakfast with his girlfriend at Bob's Coffee Shop, a block down Central Avenue from the church.
    "And then all that with Scott Peterson kind of swept it all away," Michele Martinez, 36, said as the omelets arrived. The Laci Peterson case came out of Modesto, too. "That kind of put us on the map, sadly," Martinez said.
    "All I can think about him," Guidace said of Condit, "is he's a dirty old man."
    The conservative Democrat consistently denied that his relationship with Levy was sexual, but with a guardedness that served to feed public suspicions, especially in the 13 months before her remains were found in Rock Creek Park.
    "We were just talking about it today, and I said, 'I still think he's guilty,' " said Tony Borba, 36.
    Of what? ......

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    The issuing of an arrest warrant Tuesday for the man suspected of killing Chandra Levy is cold vindication for former congressman Gary Condit, whose long California political career cratered in the wake of Levy’s 2001 disappearance.
    The arrest gives Condit an opportunity to reenter public life, this time as a critic of media sensationalism and past police missteps. It also comes, though, as his own financial prospects appear bleak and encumbered by courtroom losses.
    “The media focus on Condit was good for newspaper sales and television ratings,” Condit’s former chief of staff Mike Lynch noted, adding that, “That said, Condit, his lawyers and staff did not handle this well.”
    In a statement, Condit took his own shot at how “insatiable sensationalism” had perverted the original investigation into Levy’s disappearance. He made his clear his intention to tell his own story; including, by some accounts, the possibility of writing a book.
    Starting public life as Ceres mayor at the age of 24, Condit rose through the political ranks to win his first House seat in 1989, at the age of 41. He was gaining more Capitol Hill influence by the late 1990s, particularly as a close ally of then-Gov. Gray Davis.
    Never a police suspect in Levy’s disappearance, Condit nonetheless captured public attention and considerable opprobrium for how he handled the matter. He told investigators in the summer of 2001 he was sexually involved with the younger woman, but he has always offered a cramped definition of their relationship.
    “Did your relationship ever become a romantic relationship?” attorney Paul LiCalsi asked Condit in a September 2004 deposition.
    “No,” Condit replied.
    The revelations about Condit’s private life and broader dissatisfaction with his handling of the Levy case led to his loss in a 2002 Democratic primary to his former staffer Dennis Cardoza, who now holds the 18th Congressional District seat.
    Lynch, his former chief of staff, has long since moved on and now works as a Modesto-based political consultant. Other alumni of Condit’s House office have likewise made new lives, in positions ranging from California’s Office of Homeland Security to work with Cardoza.
    Condit himself, though, has struggled to find his way in a world where his reputation appeared toxic. Now 60 years old, Condit has been all-but foreclosed from using the political and governmental experience he accumulated during three decades as an elected official
    “When you’re tainted by someone who calls you a murderer, and (says) you’ve had something to do with a kidnapping, people are apprehensive about taking you on board because there are political consequences to them,” Condit said in the 2004 deposition.
    The deposition was taken as part of a defamation suit against author Dominick Dunne, one of at least half-a-dozen lawsuits filed by Condit or his wife Carolyn. The Condits secured apologies in some cases, as well as settlements that have not been made public, but they also lost some cases outright.
    Condit’s declining fortunes are captured in a handwritten appeal filed earlier this month with federal court in Arizona.
    The 15-page appeal, written on lined paper by Condit’s son and political adviser Chad, challenges an earlier U.S. District Court decision ordering the Condit family to pay Baskin-Robbins at least $44,000 plus legal fees for breach of contract. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the ice cream company after the Condits failed to meet their reporting and payment obligations in the running of two Phoenix-area stores.
    The Condit’s first attorney in the Baskin-Robbins’ case left; she was replaced by another, who declined to file the appeal. That left further legal business up to the Condits themselves.
    “Defendants never received the support or more importantly the training to perform the essential duties to meet obligations and avoid this mean-spirited litagation (sic),” Chad Condit wrote.
    In addition to the $44,000, court filings show Baskin-Robbins is seeking about $64,000 in legal fees and associated costs. The company is not alone in feeling shortchanged.
    Attorney Deborah Drooz, who succeeded another attorney in representing Condit in a failed defamation suit, noted in a July 2008 legal filing that her firm was still owed $93,000 for its work. Drooz reported having a hard time reaching Condit about payment. Condit also owes $43,680 to a small Arizona newspaper that had won dismissal of yet another defamation lawsuit filed by the former congressman.
    Now, as reporters and television producers come calling again on Condit, some hope the air can finally be cleared. His former attorney Abbe Lowell said that the arrest warrant “should give the Levys the answer and closure they deserve and removed the unfair cloud that has hung over the Condits for too long.”
    Prosecutors, though, defended the attention they paid to Condit.
    “It’s entirely appropriate, reasonable and rational to look to those who had contact with Ms. Levy,” U.S. Attorney Jeff Taylor said.

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    WASHINGTON Federal prosecutors this week filed a six-count indictment against Ingmar Guandique for the 2001 murder and attempted sexual assault of former intern Chandra Levy.
    In newly filed court documents, prosecutors charge Guandique with murder, kidnapping, attempted robbery and attempted first-degree sex abuse. Three of the six counts charge some variation of murder: either felony murder or first-degree murder with aggravating circumstances.
    Citing various anonymous informants and other evidence, investigators say Guandique attacked Levy while she was jogging in Washington's Rock Creek Park. The witnesses reportedly say Guandique told them he was part of a small gang that attacked Levy on May 1, 2001, although he is the only one charged and no other names have been made public.
    "Guandique confessed that they put something in the woman's mouth so that she could not scream while they raped her," Washington police detective Todd Williams stated in an affidavit, citing one of the unnamed informants.
    Raised in Modesto, Calif., where her parents still live, Levy was a graduate student finishing up a year in the nation's capital when she abruptly vanished. Her skeletal remains were discovered in Rock Creek Park in May 2002, after her disappearance had achieved national notoriety because of subsequent revelations about her relationship with then-congressman Gary Condit.
    Police never called Condit a suspect in Levy's disappearance, but widespread criticism of the older congressman's behavior cost him his House seat in 2002.
    The grand jury that issued Guandique's indictment was sworn in April 6, documents show. The four-page indictment essentially recites the charges but adds few new details to what prosecutors have previously said.
    "Ingmar Guandique ... also known as 'Chucky,' also known as 'Chacky,' did seize, confine, kidnap, abduct, inveigle and carry away Chandra Levy, with intent to hold and detain (her) for the purpose of assaulting (her)," the indictment states, in part.
    With the indictment, Guandique is now scheduled to be arraigned in D.C. Superior Court next Wednesday. The indictment expands upon a brief public hearing last month, in which Magistrate Judge J. Dennis Doyle found probable cause to believe Guandique committed first-degree murder.
    Indictments are issued by grand juries, which consider evidence presented by prosecutors but do not hear from defense attorneys. At next week's arraignment, Guandique could enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
    Guandique's attorneys have confined their public comments to written statements, in which they have criticized the investigation as flawed and reliant on untrustworthy jailhouse snitches.
    "There is not a single witness to even see Mr. Guandique and (Levy) together," public defenders Santha Sonenberg and Maria Hawilo declared after last month's presentment hearing, further citing "made-up claims of unbelievable, self-serving jailhouse quote-unquote informants."
    In their own legal filings so far, Sonenberg and Hawilo have sought investigative documents held by prosecutors, including so-called "Brady material" that might prove exculpatory for their client.
    Now 27, a heavily tattooed illegal immigrant originally from El Salvador, Guandique is already serving a 10-year sentence on unrelated charges of attacking two other women in Rock Creek Park. He is currently being held in the D.C. Jail.

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