Washington, D.C. (WHNT) – A high profile murder case out of the nation’s capital is back in the news and with an Alabama connection.
The man convicted of murdering a White House intern 12 years ago has been serving time in the Talladega Federal Prison for the last two years.
Ingmar Guandique, an 31-year-old illegal immigrant from El Salvador, has been serving time in Alabama for the high-profile murder of 24-year-old Chandra Levy of California.
A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Guandique has been in the Federal Prison in Talladega since May 19, 2011, assigned there not long after he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Levy disappeared in 2001. Her remains were discovered a year later in a park in Washington D.C.
This week, the judge in the case ordered U.S. Marshals to transport Guandique from Talladega to D.C. for new court hearings in the case, the results of which were not made public.
“We’re very disappointed with the court leaving in place essentially blanket secrecy,” said Patrick Carome, a media attorney.
This is the fourth hearing in the case in the past two months.
The court ordered the contents of all of them to be kept secret from the public.
Media lawyers say it’s because the judge is concerned for the safety of someone involved in the case, but no one is allowed to say who.
“This was a terrible crime of violence,” said Jeffrey Toobin, a CNN Senior Legal Analyst. “The witnesses have histories of violence, so there could be violence threatened against any number of people: participants or even outsiders to the case.”
Guandique has repeatedly denied involvement in Levy’s death.
The nature of this week’s hearings reportedly pertains to the reliability of a government witness’ testimony, although no one is allowed to say who.
Guandique is currently being held in a jail in D.C., but will likely be transferred back to Talladega once the court hearings are over.
The case generated a swarm of media coverage, in part, because it was revealed Levy had had an affair with then-Congressman Gary Condit.