Charges finally filed for intern’s killing

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Eight years after her death, police in Washington believe they have cracked the murder case of the political intern Chandra Levy, filing murder charges against an illegal immigrant from El Salvador.

The issuing of an arrest warrant for Ingmar Guandique is the latest twist in a case which gripped Washington and the world, particularly after it emerged that Ms Levy, pictured, had been having an affair with a married US Representative, Gary Condit. Ms Levy, then a 24-year-old intern at the prisons department, went for a walk in woodlands near her apartment on 1 May 2001. A dog-walker found her skull and bones in the park a year later. Soon after, the investigation went cold.

Guandique could face 60 years jail if convicted. He was questioned early in the investigation but was not charged. The investigation was reopened last year and new witnesses came forward saying he had boasted of killing Ms Levy. Police said they had also gathered new DNA evidence.

Ms Levy's father, Bob Levy, said: "We don't feel quite as bad as we did when it first happened, but it really never gets better. We still miss Chandra, we don't have her."

Mr Condit lost his California seat in 2002 after police focused much of the investigation on him but never charged him with anything. Yesterday, his mother, Jean Condit, said: "The hurt that has been done to our family will be never be resolved in this world."