Talk about impeccable timing. Hot off the successes of other true-crime programs such as The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Making a Murderer, TNT announced that it’s currently developing a miniseries based on the case of Chandra Levy. The network will be adapting Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz’s enthralling book Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery, which detailed the aftermath and media frenzy of the disappearance of 24-year-old Levy — then an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons — in Washington, D.C., in 2001. Her remains were found a year later in D.C.’s Rock Creek Park.
During the investigation, it was revealed that Levy had had an affair with Gary Condit, a former Democratic congressman for California, though he was cleared of any involvement. The case went cold until 2010, when Ingmar Guandique, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who had previously pleaded guilty to assaulting two women in Rock Creek Park, was convicted and sentenced to 60 years in prison for Levy’s murder. His former cellmate told police that Guandique had confessed the crime to him years prior. However, earlier this week all charges were dropped against Guandique, “based on recent unforeseen developments.” (Guandique was granted a new trial last year after “prosecutors acknowledged that they had withheld evidence that cast doubt on the credibility of their main witness.”) Higham, Horwitz, and Keith Huff (American Crime) are on board to executive produce the TNT series, with Lawrence Kasdan also serving as a co-executive producer.