Sentencing for the person convicted of murdering Queens jogger Karina Vetrano has been delayed amid allegations of jury impropriety.
Chanel Lewis, 22, was discovered responsible within the August 2016 homicide and sexual assault of the 30-year-old earlier this month following a dramatic retrial.
Lewis was set to be sentenced on Wednesday, however as a substitute the choose introduced that the sentencing can be pushed again to permit time for one more listening to concerning the alleged jury impropriety involving a dispute between two jurors throughout deliberations.
Prosecutors say they’ve sworn affidavits from jurors denying the purported dispute, which will probably be addressed at a listening to on Monday.
Folks attending Wednesday’s listening to to assist the defendant, who faces life in jail with out parole, started chanting ‘Justice for Chanel’ after court docket adjourned with no sentence.
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A choose delayed sentencing for Chanel Lewis, the 22-year-old convicted of murdering Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, on Wednesday amid allegations of jury impropriety. Lewis is pictured in court docket on March 26
Karina Vetrano, 30, went lacking on August 2, 2016, after she was final seen jogging close to her house in Howard Seaside
Vetrano’s physique was discovered dumped close to her household’s house in Howard Seaside quickly after she vanished whereas out jogging.
The jury delivered the responsible verdict after simply 5 hours of deliberation on April 1. Lewis’ earlier trial led to a hung jury in November.
Vetrano’s household and supporters erupted into applause when Lewis was discovered responsible on all counts.
‘Jubilation. Justice. Justice has been served,’ the sufferer’s father, Phil Vetrano, mentioned whereas leaving court docket.
Protection legal professional’s with the Authorized Support Society referred to as the decision ‘a whole miscarriage of justice’.
The protection had unsuccessfully sought a listening to on the day the decision was handed down after getting an nameless letter revealing so-called exculpatory proof about different potential suspects that they are saying was withheld from them.
It included a declare that NYPD officers had repeatedly mentioned within the first two weeks of the investigation that they have been ‘on the lookout for two jacked up white guys who’re from Howard Seaside’.
Lewis’ attorneys additional claimed that police used a ‘race-biased dragnet’ to gather DNA samples from 360 black males in Howard Seaside earlier than concentrating on Lewis and that detectives coerced his confession.
The New York Police Division mentioned in an announcement that the nameless letter was ‘riddled with falsehoods and inaccuracies,’ the investigation was painstaking and ‘the proof clearly reveals that Chanel Lewis is chargeable for her demise.’
Chief Queens Assistant District Lawyer John Ryan referred to as the case ‘horrifying.’
Vetrano dad and mom Phil and Cathy are seen leaving the court docket after the decision was issued April 1
Vetrano’s household and supporters erupted into applause when Lewis was discovered responsible on all counts
The closely-watched homicide case initially baffled investigators, who for months have been unable to seek out anybody who matched DNA that was discovered underneath the sufferer’s fingernails from when she fought again.
Lewis was arrested six months into the homicide investigation after police mentioned he supplied a DNA swab that linked him to the scene and sufferer.
Regardless of that DNA proof and a taped confession, the primary trial led to a hung jury in November.
Lewis’ attorneys repeatedly mentioned through the retrial this month that the DNA proof was suspect and that his confession was coerced by detectives who wore him down till he lastly gave them what they needed.
Karina Vetrano, 30, was murdered as she ran on a park path in Howard Seaside, Queens, again in August 2016. Police mentioned she had been raped and strangled. She is pictured above in a photograph taken proper earlier than she left to go jogging together with her mom within the background
The confession video was performed to jurors final week throughout which Lewis mentioned: ‘I received indignant. It went crimson, after which one factor led to a different. I received scared and threw her within the bushes.’
Lewis mentioned he hit Vetrano within the face round 5 instances earlier than dumping her within the bushes, however denies sexually assaulting her.
The 30-year-old went lacking on August 2, 2016, after she was final seen jogging close to her house in Howard Seaside.
Her mom, Cathie Vetrano, tried calling her daughter on her cellular phone, however there was no reply.
Her father, Phil Vetrano, discovered her physique face down in weeds off a path whereas serving to police seek for his daughter.
Lewis’ legal professional mentioned the crime scene had been corrupted by numerous folks, together with Vetrano’s father, and subsequently could not be trusted.
In addition they argued that Lewis in his confession was simply repeating data he realized from information reviews concerning the homicide.