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Case Of Murdered Queens Jogger Karina Vetrano Declared Mistrial

Murder Queens Jogger Karina Vetrano Declared Mistrial

Nov. 21 2018, Updated 5:39 p.m. ET

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The case of a New York City man accused of raping and murdering Karina Vetrano while she was on a jog in Queens, has now been declared a mistrial.

This Tuesday, on the last day of the trial, prosecutors said the alleged killer, Chanel Lewis, 22, had no friends or girlfriend, and was "angry all the time." District Attorney Brad Leventhal said that on the night of August 2, 2016, "he took his anger out on a pretty young woman, a girl in a halter top."

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After just a day and a half of deliberation, jurors declared the case a mistrial, much to the dismay of Vetrano's parents, who were in attendance.

As readers recall, Vetrano's father, Philip Vetrano, was the one who found her dead body about one block away from their house. At the time, her teeth were cracked, and she showed signs of physical abuse.

During the trial, however, attorney Robert Moeller said the crime scene had been corrupted by various people, including the victim's dad, and therefore couldn't be trusted. He added that the DNA evidence linking Lewis to the crime scene was also unreliable.


Though Lewis confessed to the 30-year-old's murder under police interrogation and had photos of the crime scene in his cell phone, Moeller claimed he simply narrated what he had read about the killing in the news.

Chanel Lewis faces life in prison if convicted of murdering Karina Vetrano.

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