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Retrial begins for man accused in Karina Vetrano killing

March 18, 2019 - 6:44 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Opening statements are expected today in the trial of Chanel Lewis for the murder Karina Vetrano, a jogger in Howard Beach in 2016.

Lewis was tried for the murder for the first time in November, with the trial ending with a hung jury.

Lewis’s attorney Jenny Chung says Lewis deserves a fair trial, “The jury is understanding that DNA is not all it, the confession is not all it, and there are issues in the case, that we’ll see, it’s much more complex.”

Lewis has continually been calling 311 during his time behind bars to complain about how he’s being treated.

In their opening statement, prosecutors called Vetrano's death 'senseless.'

"This was a crime of opportunity, this was a crime of random, senseless, violence," prosecutors said.

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Vetrano's mother is expected to be among those brought to testify in the retrial.

“Her last moment alive was fighting this evil savage,” said Catherine Vetrano.

The six men and six woman will see very difficult photos from the murder scene at Queens State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens.

Vetrano, 30, was found dead in Spring Creek Park on Aug. 2, 2016.

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