Attorneys for the man convicted of murdering 24-year-old Chandra Levy said they have evidence that former California congressman Gary Condit is the real perpetrator of the crime. Levy disappeared in 2001 and was found dead the next year.
Ingmar Guandique, 34, was tried and convicted of the crime in 2010, but his conviction was overturned in 2015. He will be tried again in October, reports the Washington Post.
In a court filing May 18, Guandique's lawyers cited the testimony of three women who reportedly said Condit was into rough sex and bondage, and that they feared him. The statements, which were made to investigators in 2001, implicate Condit as "the main suspect" in Levy's slaying, according to Guandique's lawyers.
Levy disappeared in May 2001 when she was working as an intern with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Her remains were discovered in 2002 in Rock Creek Park. Condit, who had been romantically involved with Levy, was the prime suspect in the case before police ruled him out.
"Mr. Condit was fully aware of the cost he could pay if his affair with Ms. Levy became public," the defense wrote, according to the Associated Press. "He therefore had an obvious motive to kill Ms. Levy in order to keep the relationship secret, and an equally powerful motive to cover-up the circumstances of her death if she died while she was with him – either through his intentional conduct or otherwise."
Jogging tights were found near Levy's remains, with each leg of the tights tied in a knot. During the first trial, prosecutors said the tights were used by Guandique to restrain levy, according to the Washington Post. But Guandique's defense team now argues that the tights implicate Condit, who allegedly liked to tie women up during sex. Neither Guandique's nor Condit's DNA was found on the tights.
"Aggressive sex involving bondage is not an entirely safe activity, and Mr. Condit would have had powerful motive to dispose of Ms. Levy's remains – and her tights that had been tied in knots – if she died during sexual activity with Mr. Condit," the defense wrote, according to the Washington Post.
Prosecutor Deborah Sines told the judge during the court filing that the defense was sensationalizing the case and that the witness testimonies were irrelevant.
"This is sensational, salacious and an effort to taint the jury pool," she said. "They can't make the argument that because he had sex with someone years ago, you can infer he killed Chandra Levy. You can't do that. You can't do that with these witnesses."
Condit testified previously that he did not murder Levy. Guandique, who remains in prison for attacking other women in the park where Levy was found, maintains his innocence.