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The trial in the murder of intern Chandra Levy is approaching its final phase.
Prosecutors dropped two charges against defendant, Ingmar Guandique, and the conclusion of the case may come soon.
The dismissed charges include one count of aggravated murder and one count of attempted sexual assault. This happened after Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Haines announced the prosecution would not call two long anticipated witnesses: two former prison inmates who were expected to testify Guandique confessed the murder to them while he was in prison.
The defense then asked Judge Gerald Fisher to acquit Guandique due to lack of evidence. Fisher denied the motion and prosecution rested its case.
Guandique still faces charges of kidnapping, attempted robbery and murder.
The prosecutions abrupt halt follows nine days of testimony which produced very little physical evidence. Haines said two or three additional rebuttal witnesses may be called to testify once defense attorneys have finished presenting their case.
Mindful of the unexpected turn and today's Veterans Day observance, Judge Fisher ordered the trial to resume Monday. He then advised the jury to expect closing arguments to begin Tuesday, and jury deliberations Wednesday.