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Mistrial Declared In Karina Vetrano Murder Case

November 20, 2018 - 10:46 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- A mistrial has been declared in the trial of a Brooklyn man accused of killing a Queens jogger two years ago.

In closing arguments Monday, prosecutors described the defendant, 22-year-old Chanel Lewis, as a loner and "perpetually angry man'' with no girlfriend and no job. They say he took out his anger and sexual frustration on Karina Vetrano as she ran on a park trail near her home in Howard Beach in August 2016.

The 30-year-old victim had been sexually abused and strangled. Her father discovered the body in a marshy area of Spring Creek Park.

Lewis had pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Robert Moeller, argued the case is based on circumstantial evidence. He says the crime scene was corrupted and that DNA evidence was suspect.

A mistrial was declared Tuesday night after jurors could not reach a unaminous verdict following a day and a half of deliberations. 

Prosecutors said they will move to retry Lewis.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)