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Jury deliberations begin in Queens jogger Karina Vetrano murder trial

Posted at 6:41 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 19:17:02-05

NEW YORK  — Jury deliberations have begun in the trial of a man accused of killing a New York City woman who was sexually attacked while jogging near her family's home.

Chanel Lewis, 20, is accused of murdering Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano on Aug. 2, 2016.

In closing arguments Monday, prosecutors described the defendant, Chanel Lewis, as a loner and "perpetually angry man" with no girlfriend and no job. They say he took out his anger and sexual frustration on Karina Vetrano as she ran on a park trail in Howard Beach, Queens in August 2016.

The 30-year-old victim had been sexually abused and strangled. Her father discovered the body.

Lewis has pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Robert Moeller, argued the case is based on circumstantial evidence. He says the crime scene was corrupted and that DNA evidence was suspect.

Jury deliberations are to continue on Tuesday.