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Prosecutors undeterred by mistrial in Karina Vetrano murder

November 21, 2018 - 10:44 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Queens prosecutors say they plan to retry Chanel Lewis after the judge declared a mistrial on charges that he murdered Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano.

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The jury deliberated for 13 hours before telling the judge that they could make no more progress and that they had exhausted their options.

Lewis' defense asked that a mistrial be declared, and surprisingly that happened.

With gasps, moans, and tears in the courtroom from Vetrano's family, defense attorney Jenny Cheung called the case complicated.

"The jury is understanding that DNA is not all it, confessions not all it, and there are issues in the case that as you all see is much more complex," she said.

On Tuesday, the jury spent over an hour watching a videotaped confession from Lewis.

Prosecutors tried to tie their case to the DNA evidence and those confessions with an expert testifying that the DNA profile collected on Vetrano matched Lewis'.

Prosecutors already say there will be a retrial starting January 22, and Lewis will stay in jail until then.