SLOWLY THE MEDIA IS COMING AROUND ON THIS STORY --- THE NY TIMES SHOWS THAT IT GETS IT --- THE CASE AGAINST CHANEL LEWIS JUST GOT VERY HARD FOR PROSECUTORS TO PUSH FORWARD AND GET A CONVICTION AGAINST THIS DEFENDANT
It looks like this case might get significantly more critical scrutiny from the press on the second go round --- remember, this article by the Times is just a start in that direction
What the NY Times said today is that the jury in the Karina Vetrano murder case against Chanel Lewis looked very closely at the circumstances surrounding the confession by Chanel Lewis and at least some of the jurors were sceptical about the NYPD handling of purported DNA samples found at the crime scene --- AND PERHAPS OF OVERWHELMING SIGNIFICANCE --- this jury completely rejected the prosecution's main theory of the case against Chanel Lewis --- THAT THE DEATH OF KARINA VETRANO OCCURRED IN A COMBINED SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HOMICIDE by Lewis
Today's New York Times article by Jan Ransom [posted on line yesterday] highlighted some of the inconsistencies in the evidence that the jurors actually focused upon during their deliberations prior to the trial judge's granting the >>> Defense's <<< motion for a mistrial in the case against their client (See "The Murder Case Seemed Solid. Why the Jurors Still Would Not Convict" by Jan Ransom, 12/5/18, NY Times/ New York
EVEN THOUGH THE ARTICLE IN TODAY'S TIMES LOOKS LIKE IT'S ABOUT WHAT THE JURY DID (AND THAT CERTAINLY WAS DISCUSSED) --- JAN RANSOM'S REPORT IN THE NY TIMES PRETTY MUCH FINISHED-OFF ANY CHANCE OF CONVICTING CHANEL LEWISAccording to Ms Ransom's article, one of the key concerns considered by the jury in the Howard Beach murder case was why so many police officers had handled the crime scene DNA samples before they had been turned over to the lab for testing and analysis. Another area of concern was the long period of confinement of Chanel Lewis with the only human contact being with police and prosecutors prior to his making his "confession." The jurors noted Chanel Lewis' obvious confusion, which in many ways showed no actual knowledge of the facts of the crime, but did seem like his attempt to closely track what the police believe happened.
The defense now knows where to steer any future jury's attention --- and --- these weaknesses in the case against Chanel Lewis will not go away between now and anytime early in 2019, when the Queens DA's Office said the re-trial will occur.
A very interesting item mentioned in the Times piece was that "crime scene photos" had been "downloaded" onto Chanel Lewis' cell phone --- think about that.....