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Allegations of juror misconduct delay sentencing in Vetrano murder

April 17, 2019 - 10:18 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It was supposed to be sentencing day for Chanel Lewis, the man convicted of killing Karina Vetrano.

Instead he'll have to wait to learn his fate, after allegations of juror misconduct prompted a hearing to be rescheduled for next week.

Vetrano was killed while out for a jog in Howard Beach, two-and-a-half years ago.

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Lewis faces life without parole. His supporters left the courthouse on Wednesday, chanting 'find the real killer.'

"My son Chanel Lewis is innocent, and all I want for my son is justice, justice for Chanel," his mother said.

Vetrano was found beaten, strangled, and sexually abused in Spring Creek Park.

Lewis was convicted of sexual abuse and first and second degree murder.

It took the jury five hours to return a guilty verdict, prompting cheers from many in the courtroom.

Jurors in Lewis' first trial were not able to reach a unanimous decision, but had been deadlocked 7-5 in favor of conviction.

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