Condit on Levy: ‘You just don’t think this is going to happen to someone you know’

Capital Land,Kristen Byrne

Former congressman Gary Condit said Monday that the last time he spoke with Chandra Levy, the 24-year-old intern seemed to be in good spirits and the two of them got along fine.

“We never had a fight or crossed words that day,” Condit testified in D.C. Superior Court in the trial for the man accused of killing Levy.

Condit said he called her around noon on April 29, 2001, and they discussed him setting up meetings for Levy, whose internship with the Federal Bureau of Prison had finished. Condit said Levy indicated she was leaving for California. Her hometown of Modesto was in Condit’s district.

Condit said he tried to call Levy around May 2 or 3. He left two messages and Levy did not call back.

“I had no reason to think anything was wrong. I thought she was traveling,” Condit,62, recalled.

Prosecutors allege that Guandique raped and attacked Levy in Rock Creek Park on May 1, 2001. Her remains were found there a year later.

“You just don’t think this is going to happen to someone you know. You hope she’s somewhere safe,” Condit said. “I was panicked.”

Condit’s political career was derailed when his affair with Levy became public after her disappearance. Prosecutors have admitted that the Levy investigation was botched from the beginning and focused too much on Condit.

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