During the fourth day of deliberations, Ingmar Guandique was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2001 murder of Chandra Levy. The announcement came less than two hours after deliberation resumed Monday.
Guandique originally faced another count of first-degree felony murder for allegedly sexually assaulting Levy in the trial that started Oct. 25. The kidnapping and attempted robbery charges were also dropped due to the statute of limitations on those allegations. Guandique, an illegal immigrant, was indicted for Levy’s murder in May 2009 while he was serving time for other attacks in Rock Creek Park.
Jurors faced a lack of hard evidence to base their verdict. Prosecutors were unable to provide any DNA or eyewitnesses to link Guandique to the murder. The jury heard testimony from Armondo Morales, Guandique’s former cellmate, who testified that he admitted to killing Levy.
Guandique will be sentenced on Feb. 11.