The attorneys for the man convicted of killing former congressional intern Chandra Levy have asked a D.C. Superior Court judge for a new trial, arguing that prosecutors withheld key information about a witness, officials said.
The new information about the witness was passed to local prosecutors from prosecutors in California, where the witness had lived, according to an official with knowledge of the case. Prosecutors went to Judge Gerald I. Fisher with the new information, but defense lawyers are alleging that the government had already had it during trial, officials said.
Fisher must decide whether local prosecutors knew of the information before the trial and intentionally withheld it from defense attorneys, and whether that information would have resulted in a different verdict.
Ingmar Guandique, 30, a Salvadoran who is in the United States illegally, was convicted in 2010 of first-degree murder charges after an eight-week, high-profile trial. He later was sentenced to 60 years in prison. The Levy case drew national attention because the intern was having an affair with a congressman from her home town in California.