Key witness in Levy case could be discredited

Associated Press
FILE -- In this April 22, 2009 file photo, Ingmar Guandique is escorted from the Violent Crimes Unit by police in Washington. Lawyers for the man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy are going back to court. A Thursday hearing is scheduled in the case of Ingmar Guandique, who was convicted in 2010 of killing the 24-year-old. But it is not clear how much of the hearing may be open to the public and press. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge says a key witness against the man convicted of murdering Washington intern Chandra Levy in 2001 could be discredited by new information.

Judge Gerald Fisher was speaking Thursday at the end of a hearing in the case, one of several recent hearings largely conducted out of earshot of the public and press. That pattern continued as government lawyers and lawyers for Ingmar Guandique spent about an hour and a half in private conversation.

Fisher says prosecutors provided him information in November that could be used to discredit the testimony former Guandique cellmate Armando Morales. Morales testified that Guandique confided he was responsible for Levy's death.

The disappearance of the 24-year-old became international news after she was romantically linked with then-California Rep. Gary Condit.