1. The man accused of murdering NYC jogger has allegedly detailed her horrifying final minutes.
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Warning: this story includes details of an assault, and may be triggering for some readers.
The man accused of murdering Karina Vetrano while she was out for a jog on August 2, 2016, has allegedly confessed to police the attack was completely random and he just wanted to “let his emotions out”.
According to the New York Daily News, 20-year-old Chanel Lewis told police how the final minutes of Karina’s life unfolded. Detailed transcripts of his interviews – some of which were videotaped – with police were made public on Tuesday at a Queens Supreme Court hearing.
Lewis told police that he “grabbed [Karina] by the shoulders” when he saw her running with her phone in her hand.
“I crouched over her and I punched her in the face multiple times,” Lewis allegedly said in a police interview.
“One of the punches broke her tooth…While I was hitting her, she scratched my face. I put both my hands around her neck and strangled her…I grabbed both of her wrists and pulled her off the path and into the weeds.”
Police say they were told the crime was over in just five minutes.
When asked for the motivation behind the terrifying attack, police say Lewis told them Karina “didn’t do anything” to provoke him.
“I was just mad at that time. I beat her to let my emotions out. I didn’t really meant hurt her,” he allegedly said in police interviews.