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Murdered NY jogger Karina Vetrano’s mother sobs in court, hearing how her daughter was thrown to the ground, violently raped and strangled in a NY marsh by Chanel Lewis

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Opening statements got under way Monday in trial of Chanel Lewis accused in the murder of jogger Karina Vetrano who was killed while out jogging in a park in Queens NY, on Aug 2, 2016 
Karina’s mother, Cathie, sobbed and clutched a cross as prosecutor described her daughter’s killing – how the 30-year-old was thrown to the ground, violently raped and strangled in a marsh during her final moments
The alleged killer’s mother, Veta Lewis, was also in court, wearing a red dress 
Lewis, 21, is on trial for allegedly grabbing Vetrano on a jog in a Park in Queens, NY,  sexually assaulting and strangling her  
Then 20-year-old Chanel lewis became a suspect in the murder after cops linked him to DNA found on victim’s body and phone
NYPD arrested Lewis in slaying of Karina Vetrano after cops tracked him with familial DNA found on victim
Police had been using CCTV footage of the victim’s last moments to hunt down her killer
Lewis who lives with his mother in Brooklyn, NY  was flagged three times for summonses around the park before the murder
Arraigned on murder and sexual assault charges, Sunday after DNA recovered from her body and phone linked him to the crime
Authorities believed they had a ‘solid case’ against Lewis who allegedly, offered “detailed incriminating statements and admissions”
“This defendant admitted to attacking the victim, admitted to beating her, to strangling her and dragging her body into the weeds”  – Queens ADA, Michael Curtis said
Lewis has  has recanted his confession and his defense lost a motion to exclude that confession and DNA evidence from the trial
Karina mom Cathie Vetrano, at the time lashed out at the alleged killer  – ‘The demon [Lewis] must get his Justice’ 
chanel-lewis-accused-of-killing-karina-vetranos3Suspect Chanel Lewis was tracked by investigators with the aid of familial DNA testing, leading to a confession has now recanted. His trial murder of Karina Vetrano began Monday Nov., 5. He has recanted his confession and his defense lost a motion to exclude the confession and DNA evidence

Opening statements got under way Monday morning in the trial of a man accused of killing Queens jogger Karina Vetrano two years ago.
A jury made up of eight women and four men is hearing the case of murder suspect Chanel Lewis.
Lewis, 21, is charged with sexually assaulting and strangling Karina Vetrano as she ran on a secluded park trail in Howard Beach, Queens, New york in August 2016.

Karina’s mother, Cathie Vetrano, was seen sobbing and clutching a cross as Queens Assistant District Attorney Brad Leventhal described in graphic detail her daughter’s final violent moments, reported NBC New York.
Related: Chanel Lewis, man accused of killing Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, asked cop to ‘tell my mother I’m sorry’ just after his arrest – defense challenge killers confession
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The prosecutor told the court in his opening statement that the 30-year-old runner was accosted and grabbed as she jogged along Spring Creek Park on August 2, 2016.
Vetrano was punched in the face, thrown to the ground, violently raped and then strangled in a marsh, about a block away from her house, where her father, Philip Vetrano, would later find her body.
Authorities previously said that the victim desperately fought for her life until the very end.
karina-vetranos-last-moments-were-captured-on-cctvFinal shot: When she was last seen alive, this screenshot captured Karina Vetrano jogging along Spring Creek Park on August 2, 2016, a short time before her rape and strangulation

Related: Police arrest 20-year-old Chanel lewis in slaying of jogger Karina Vetrano after cops link him to DNA found on victim’s body and phone

‘This harassment is idiotic and uncalled for, still I fail to see why the parents of the troubled young man who admitted raping and killing an innocent stranger, […]

Lewis was arrested and charged in connection to Vetrano’s murder six months later.
Despite making a videotaped confession, in which he allegedly admitted to killing Vetrano, saying he was mad at his neighbor when he spotted her at random and snapped, Lewis has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and aggravated sex abuse.
In February, a judge decided to let DNA evidence and a videotaped confession be used at trial.

Despite making a videotaped confession, in which he allegedly admitted to killing Vetrano, saying he was mad at his neighbor when he spotted her at random and snapped, Lewis has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and aggravated sex abuse.
In February, a judge ruled that DNA evidence and a videotaped confession were admissible in court for the trial.
Lewis’ attorneys previously questioned the validity of his DNA sample from a consensual cheek swab, which was compared to DNA evidence recovered from under the victim’s fingernails, and the manner in which his confession was gained.

On Day 1 of Lewis’s trial, the defendant, dressed in a grey suit, glanced back at Vetrano’s mother and sister, who was rocking back and forth in her seat.
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