Opening statements began Monday in the trial of a man charged in the 2001 killing of Washington intern Chandra Levy.

Authorities believe Ingmar Guandique attacked Levy, 24, as she jogged in a park and then killed her.In her opening statement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines told the jury that the prosecution will rely in part on the testimony of two other women who were attacked in the same park just weeks after Levy.Guandique was sentenced in 2002 for the other attacks. Public defender Maria Hawilo on Monday called them robberies for which her client has admitted guilt, and she accused prosecutors of taking those cases and turning Guandique “into an easy scapegoat.”

Guandique denies he attacked Levy and there is no physical evidence linking him to the assault, leaving prosecutors to base their case largely on his alleged jailhouse admission that he killed the young intern.



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