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The Blotter: New evidence unveiled in Chandra Levy case

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe,Naomi Jagoda,The Blotter

New evidence unveiled

in Chandra Levy case

Defense lawyers in the Chandra Levy murder case say they weren't made aware of evidence about a key witness that could help prove their client did not kill the former federal intern.

In documents made public Tuesday, lawyers for Ingmar Guandique said prosecutors did not disclose that Guandique's cellmate, Armando Morales, had tried to serve as a government witness while imprisoned at another prison in Atlanta. Morales testified that Guandique confessed to murdering Levy.

Morales had testified during Guandique's 2010 trial that he had not previously cooperated as a government informant.

Guandique was convicted of murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 2001 killing of Levy.

In a statement released Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said it had brought the information to the judge in November and that Morales never asked for or received any benefit for his testimony.

Morales and Guandique were cellmates at a Kentucky prison, where Guandique was serving time for attacking two women in D.C.'s Rock Creek Park. Those attacks occurred around the same time that Levy disappeared after going for a jog in Rock Creek Park. Her body was found in the park a year after she had vanished.

Victim takes gun from robber in Laurel

A would-be robber in Laurel was foiled when he lost his gun to his victim.

It happened about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday on the 3400 block of Laurel Fort Meade Road just off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

A man approached a group of people in the rear parking lot, pointed a handgun at them and demanded money, according to Anne Arundel County police.

The suspect became distracted, and one of the victims tackled him. The victim took control of the gun, and the suspect fled.

-- Scott McCabe

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