Monday, November 1, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
WASHINGTON -- Former California Rep. Gary Condit told jurors Monday that he didn't murder Chandra Levy and insisted he cooperated fully with police when they investigated the Washington intern's disappearance nearly a decade ago.
But he continued to evade direct questions on cross-examination about whether he had an intimate relationship with Levy, saying ''we're all entitled to some level of privacy.''
A Salvadoran immigrant, Ingmar Guandique, is on trial for murdering and attempting to assault Levy back in 2001. Prosecutors say Guandique had a history of assaulting female joggers in Rock Creek Park, where Levy's remains were found.
But it is Levy's relationship with Condit that vaulted her disappearance into a national sensation nine years ago. Condit was once the primary suspect of police but they no longer believe he had anything to do with Levy's death.
Condit testified Monday that he fully cooperated with the police investigation, despite his concerns that detectives were ''incompetent'' and out to get him.
The only question he refused to answer, he said, was when a detective asked in an initial interview if he'd had a sexual relationship with Levy.
Condit said he responded: ''If you can tell me why that's relevant, I can answer the question.'' He said the detective never answered and the interview ended.
Until that interview -- about a week after Levy went missing -- Condit said he never realized he was considered a suspect. He had called D.C. police at the urging of Levy's father to make sure they were taking Levy's disappearance seriously, and he assumed that initial interview with police was to provide him an update on the investigation's status.
Prosecutor Amanda Haines never asked Condit if he and Levy had an affair, but she did ask why he never acknowledged an affair. His voice broke slightly, and he said it was ''purely based on principle.''
''I think we're all entitled to some level of privacy."