Man convicted of killing woman out jogging in NYC park

Chanel Lewis and Karina Vetrano

Chanel Lewis and Karina Vetrano

A man has been found guilty of the murder and sexual assault of a female jogger in New York City in August 2016.

- A jury in Queens has convicted Chanel Lewis of murdering Karina Vetrano when she was out for a run in 2016. A previous trial ended in a hung jury.

Lewis is set to be sentenced April 17 and faces up to life in prison.

Lewis' attorneys, the Legal Aid Society, called the outcome "a complete miscarriage of justice".

A defense attorney on Lewis's team claims investigators used a "race-biased dragnet" to collect DNA samples from 360 black men before targeting Lewis. "Multiple legal hearings and two criminal trials, over more than two years, have already exhaustively examined the issues in this anonymous, 11th-hour letter, a missive riddled with falsehoods and inaccuracies", Ryan said.

Lewis was arrested six months later. He later found her body in marshland.

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Speaking after the verdict Phillip Vetrano said there was "jubilation" Lewis had been found guilty.

"One thing led to another", he said in the confession. He said he strangled her but didn't sexually abuse her.

Defense attorneys have raised questions about evidence - specifically, if prosecutors may have withheld critical evidence in the case.

Lewis' lawyers had made a motion to dismiss the case after they were sent the murky letter last week that says prosecutors held back information about the police investigation into the 30-year-old's slaying.

The state Commission on Forensic Science ultimately agreed in June 2017 to allow familial DNA searching in murder, rape and some other cases.

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