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Suspect charged in Levy death

Ingmar Guandique, 27, is accused in killing of intern once linked to congressman.

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WASHINGTON — Nearly eight years after federal intern Chandra Levy’s disappearance, the man accused of killing her was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder.

Ingmar Guandique, 27, was expected to have his initial court appearance Thursday in District of Columbia Superior Court. A D.C. police arrest warrant issued last month accuses him of sexually assaulting and killing Levy on a trail in Rock Creek Park in May 2001. The Modesto, Calif., native’s remains were found in the Washington park a year later.

The illegal immigrant from El Salvador had been serving a 10-year sentence in California for a separate assault.

When he left the building 1 1/2 hours later, reporters asked more questions and photographers scrambled to get a shot of him. Visible on Guandique’s neck was a tattoo referencing the MS-13 gang.

In a statement Wednesday, lawyers for Guandique said they’re glad he’s in D.C.

The 24-year-old Levy had just completed an internship with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons when she disappeared after leaving her apartment in jogging clothes. The Levy case has been blamed for destroying the political career of former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit of California, who was romantically linked to Levy. Authorities questioned the Democrat who represented the district where Levy grew up, but he was never a suspect in her death.

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