Levy prosecutors say they have another witness

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors say they have identified a new witness who claims to have been attacked on a jogging trail and stabbed by a man matching the description of Ingmar Guandique, the suspect in the Chandra Levy slaying.

In an evidentiary notice filing with D.C. Superior Court late Thursday, prosecutors involved in the Levy case alerted Guandique's attorneys that they plan to call the witness to testify. Guandique has a hearing scheduled for today.

Levy was a Modesto resident and former federal Bureau of Prisons intern.

According to the documents, the newest witness identified Guandique as the man who ran up from behind the witness on a D.C. jogging trail, pushed the person to the ground, then stabbed the witness in the back. The witness, fearing a robbery, told the attacker that he or she did not have any money. The document had no identifying information for the witness or the location of the attack.

The documents were filed by Channing Phillips, acting U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., and Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines, one of the lead prosecutors in the case.

Prosecutors provided an updated list of evidence that they say links Guandique to Levy's killing, including alleged confessions to others that he and two other members of the MS-13 gang killed Levy in Washington's Rock Creek Park. Guandique said he later killed the two gang members.

Arrested in April

Guandique, 27, was arrested in April and charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Levy, who disappeared in May 2001. Her body was found a year later. At the time of his arrest, Guandique was serving a 10-year sentence in a federal prison for attacking two other women at knifepoint in Rock Creek Park about the time that Levy, 24, disappeared.

Levy's disappearance generated international attention because she had been involved with then-Rep. Gary Condit, D-Ceres. Condit said he did not harm Levy.

Guandique, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, came under scrutiny months after Levy vanished, but it was not until a new set of detectives was assigned to the case that it came together.

In the filing, prosecutors said they plan to identify witnesses who have said they spoke with Guandique about using drugs and alcohol before his attacks.

Guandique's defense attorneys argued that much of the witness testimony came from other prison inmates who were looking to strike deals with the prosecution.