Chanel Lewis Karina Vetrano pre trial hearing confession includes video describing the victim’s final moments. Defense claim video is inadmissible.
Addressing whether a purported confession could be allowed in an upcoming murder trial, of Queens jogger, Karina Vetrano, both the accused and victim’s families on Monday watched recorded tape where 21 year old unemployed black youth, Chanel Lewis purported to confessed to the 30 year old woman’s murder in the early evening of Aug. 2, 2016.
In a February 2017 video transcript, Lewis told cops how he broke Vetrano’s teeth and kept beating her until she lost consciousness before strangling her.
‘I was mad, I saw red,’ the accused killer tells cops in the video, which was played during a pre-trial hearing Monday to determine whether it’ll be deemed admissible as evidence.
Lewis says he grabbed Vetrano as she ran past him through the marshy swamp along a bike path in Spring Creek Park, adding she clawed at his face as he hit her five times before she was knocked unconscious.
Told Lewis, ‘She didn’t yell. She was finished.’
‘I finished her off, I strangled her. She fell into the puddle and drowned,’
Adding, ‘I got up and wiped off the blood. And she was calm, she was in the pool [of water].’
‘It was like all the way over [her face].’
Chanel Lewis Karina Vetrano pre trial hearing: ‘I didn’t rape her.’
After telling cops how he ‘finished her off,’ the 21-year-old made comments suggesting he believed he could pay his way out of murder charges.
‘I can straighten out my stuff?’ told a non plussed Lewis. ‘Well, you’re the DA, right? Where do we go from here? Is there a restitution program or something?’
Before confessing, the nypost reports Lewis telling Detective Barry Brown, ‘I want to change my life, I’m sorry for what I did.’
Of note, in his interview, Lewis insisted he didn’t molest Vetrano, even though her jogging shorts had been pulled down. ‘I didn’t do any of the stuff they said, sexual assault and stuff like that,’ the youth tells cops according to the tape.
He said he then walked home up the bike path, ‘shaken up,’ hoping to get napkins to stop the bleeding from the scratches she’d left on his face.
When asked why he attacked the jogger, Lewis confusingly responded that he killed Vetrano ‘because a guy moved into my house and the neighborhood.’
Of note the New York Daily News cited Detective Barry Brown saying Lewis confessing after watching cartoons in a precinct all night following his arrest on February 4, after initially refusing to speak to police, asking instead to watch TV.
‘He said he wanted to see cartoons, so we put cartoons on him through the night. He said he couldn’t sleep,’ Detective Brown explained.
While Lewis might not have any direct motive to have killed Vetrano, at the time of his arrest, Lewis told of having crossed paths with her at the moment of rage he’d been experiencing, having been set off by issues at home and ‘feelings of inadequacy regarding women….and the need for revenge.’
Following the pre trial hearing, Karina’s father, Philip Vetrano, said he was feeling ‘a lot of anger’ and lashed into Lewis’ relatives before he and his family left court in an unmarked police car.
‘His family left the room,’ the father said. ‘They couldn’t listen to his confession. We know where the coward got his cowardliness from.’
Adding, ‘The truth hurts, It’s pathetic. It’s just so tomorrow they can say their offspring is not guilty.’
Lewis’ family ignored questions.
To date, Lewis’ has pleaded not guilty, with his defense attorneys saying his confession was wrongly obtained and should not be admissible in his upcoming trial.