The case against a man accused of murdering a Howard Beach jogger took a new turn Thursday when defense lawyers said they wouldn’t be pushing an insanity defense.
Chanel Lewis’ lawyers at the Legal Aid Society formally told Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak they wouldn’t use the defense to beat charges for Karina Vetrano’s killing.
Instead, Lewis’ lawyers say they’re going to take a hard look at the validity of the DNA evidence and Lewis’ confession to the August 2016 murder.
Murder of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano
A Queens prosecutor told the judge he wasn’t expecting the defense would pull back the mental fitness issue, according to DNAinfo.
The sides are due back in court in November, when prosecutors are slated to turn over DNA evidence.