(MCCLATCHY) WASHINGTON — The key witness in the trial of the man convicted of killing former intern Chandra Levy had a previously undisclosed history as a government snitch, a court hearing revealed Tuesday.
The revelations about former Fresno, Calif., gang member Armando Morales might undermine his credibility, could taint prosecutors and definitely set the stage for defense attorneys to seek a new trial for Ingmar Guandique, the man convicted in November 2010 of the killing.
“Armando Morales lied to the jury in this case, and the Department of Justice had proof of those lies before and during the trial,” defense attorney Jon Anderson said after a three-hour hearing. “Mr. Guandique deserves a new trial.”
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