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Ingmar Guandique, found guilty of murdering Chandra Levy, was sentenced to 60 years in prison.
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Ingmar Guandique, found guilty of murdering Chandra Levy, was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

UPDATE: The jury ended deliberations for the day after more than five hours of discussion. The only hint of what they may be thinking or talking about was a request for a defense exhibit -– a picture of Ingmar Guandique taken by his girlfriend near the time of Chandra Levy's disappearance. Jury deliberations will resume tomorrow morning.

Jurors began deliberations Wednesday morning in the trial of the man accused of killing Levy.

The jury now has several key elements to consider as they deliberate the guilt or innocence of Guandique.

There's the lack of direct evidence. Early in the case, prosecutors made it clear all evidence presented would be circumstantial.

There are also no eye witnesses to the murder, and no clear forensic evidence which could link Guandique to the murder scene. The only witness who makes that connection is Guandique's former cellmate, Armando Morales who told jurors the defendant admitted to killing Levy.

With this in mind jurors must decide if the prosecution's case satisfies the burden of proof. Defense attorney Santha Sonenburg argues it does not, telling jurors, the government is asking them to make assumptions.

Sonenburg reminds the panel that Morales' testimony is unreliable and prosecutors have failed to prove Guandiques guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This post has been updated.

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