Mistrial declared in case of slain NYC jogger Karina Vetrano
NEW YORK (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing a New York City woman who was sexually attacked while jogging near her family’s home has ended in a hung jury.
A judge late Tuesday granted a mistrial after the jury said it was split after just a day and a half of deliberations.
Chanel (shuh-NEHL’) Lewis is accused of killing Karina Vetrano as she ran on a park trail in Howard Beach, Queens, in August 2016. Prosecutors say Vetrano had been sexually abused and strangled. Her father discovered the body.
Prosecutors described Lewis as a loner who took out his anger and sexual frustration on the 30-year-old victim.
The defense claimed the crime scene had been corrupted and that DNA evidence was suspect.
Prosecutors say they’ll move to retry Lewis.