Judge Allows Confession, DNA In Howard Beach Murder Trial

Chanel Lewis Is Accused Raping, Killing Karina Vetrano In 2016

Juliet Papa
February 26, 2018 - 2:39 pm
A judge will allow a confession and DNA to be used as evidence against a man accused of raping and killing a jogger in Howard Beach.

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- DNA and a confession will be allowed as evidence in the trial of a man accused of murdering a Howard Beach jogger.

Chanel Lewis' admission to police, and the DNA sample he gave can be included a judge ruled, as supporters from both sides filled a courtroom.

Lewis is accused of raping and murdering Karina Vetrano as she jogged near her Howard Beach home.

The Reverend Kevin McCall of the National Action Network said Lewis' statements were coerced.

"He has said he didn't do this," he said.

Kathy Vetrano said justice will prevail for her daughter.

"They're not looking at the evidence," she said.

She said this is the next step in the process, and that the evidence speaks for itself.