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Dan Abrams On Chandra Levy Murder Trial: Time Passed And Lack Of Evidence Will Make Prosecution Difficult

Today, the jury selection for the trial of Ingmar Guandique, the man charged with murdering Chandra Levy, the federal intern, in May of 2001. It’s been nine long years since the crime was committed and that’s just one of the difficulties facing the prosecution in the case. NBC’s Chief Legal Analyst and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams appeared on Jansing & Co. today to discuss these difficulties.

“This is the problem. They have the evidence that there were these two other assaults, for which he was convicted, in the exact same area where her body was found. They have prison confessions from him to other prisoners…By the way, he gave different accounts to different people as to what happened. There’s no physical evidence, no DNA evidence. So this is not going to be an easy case for the prosecutors, in particular because it’s so long ago. Remember, this is also nine years ago which also makes a case like this tough.”

Also interesting is fact that Gary Condit, the Congressman who was romantically linked to Levy and whose career was ruined after he became the main suspect in the case, will likely show up as a witness. Abrams discussed all of this as well as the possibilities that Steven J. Hayes, who has been convicted for his participation in the Petit family home invasion and murders, will receive the death penalty.

Watch the clip from MSNBC below.

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