A judge will allow all evidence — including DNA and a videotaped confession — to be admitted in the upcoming trial of a Brooklyn man charged with murdering Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano.
Attorneys for accused killer Chanel Lewis had previously raised questions about the validity of his DNA sample and filed a separate lawsuit over the method the police used to get it, known as familial DNA searching.
The technique uses genetic material found at crime scenes to see if a relative of a convicted offender in the state’s DNA databank might be a suspect.
Lewis’ Legal Aid lawyers also cast doubt on how his confession was obtained.
“From day one, we believed this gentleman was coerced into a confession. We are sticking by that 100%,” said family spokesman Rev. Kevin McCall of the National Action Network.
But on Monday, Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak said he would allow all evidence against Lewis, who is accused of beating and strangling Vetrano, 30, on Aug. 2, 2016, as she jogged alone on a remote path near her Howard Beach home.
Lewis, 21, was arrested almost eight months later after cops said DNA linked him to the crime.
“This is DNA, a confession, facts,” Cathy Vetrano, the victim’s mother, said outside of court. “ We just want justice and a violent person off the streets.”
McCall said Lewis’ family is grateful jurors will be allowed to examine all the evidence in the case. A trial date has not been set.