New York man Chanel Lewis is still guilty of murder in the eyes of the law. A judge dismissed a defense motion to vacate his conviction in the murder of Karina Vetrano on Monday.
BREAKING: Judge denies defense motion to set aside guilty verdict against Chanel Lewis in Karina #Vetrano murder trial. Sentencing to take place at 9:30AM Tuesday.
— N. J. Burkett (@njburkett7) April 22, 2019
Sentencing was originally scheduled for last Wednesday, but was postponed over alleged juror misconduct. Sentencing is now set for Tuesday.
Juror Christopher Gooley stepped forward and testified that he felt pressured to reach a guilty verdict, saying that the jury foreman had prejudged the case, according to Newsday.
Prosecutors said Lewis killed Vetrano while she was out on a jog in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens. They were strangers to one another. Cops said that the defendant confessed and that there was DNA evidence linking him to the murder. The defense argued that this confession was coerced and suggested the DNA might’ve ended up at the scene some other way, but not because of murder.
The first trial resulted in no verdict because of a deadlocked jury, but the second trial ended in a guilty verdict.
WATCH: Family & friends of Karina Vetrano, a jogger murdered in Queens in 2016, exuberantly cheered & applauded in a NY courtroom as a guilty verdict was read against Chanel Lewis, the man charged with her murder. As Vetrano’s father left the courtroom, he shouted, “Jubilation!” pic.twitter.com/hV8BRhaVpz
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) April 2, 2019
The defendant’s mother continues to insist that he is innocent.
— Marla Diamond (@MDiamond8) April 22, 2019
[Screengrab via CBS]