HOW THE “ANONYMOUS LETTER” DELIVERED ON FRIDAY PUTS SEVERAL CRACKS INTO
THE CASE AGAINST CHANEL LEWIS
ABC NEWS IDENTIFIES THE ALLEGED SENDER OF THE BOMBSHELL ANONYMOUS LETTER AS A >>> “LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCE”
AN NYPD DEPUTY CHIEF IS QUOTED AS REPEATEDLY TELLING MEETINGS OF INVESTIGATORS TO “… [LOOK] FOR TWO JACKED UP WHITE GUYS FROM HOWARD BEACH…”
DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT JOHN RUSSO’S SUDDEN REVELATION LATE IN THE INVESTIGATION THAT CHANEL LEWIS SHOULD BE MADE A SUSPECT IS PUT INTO A WHOLE NEW GLARING SPOTLIGHT BY HIS FELLOW DETECTIVES
According to an up-to-date report from ABC News, “…. Defense attorneys said that the three-paged typed letter pointed attorneys to several meetings among investigators during the first two weeks of the probe during which -- according to unknown author of the letter -- NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper ‘stated on several occasions at these meetings’ they are ‘looking for two jacked up white guys who are from Howard Beach.’…" (See “An anonymous letter from an alleged law enforcement source says Karina Vetrano's killers were 'jacked up white guys' “ by Christina Carrega, 3/30/19, ABC News [https://abcnews.go.com/US/anonymous-letter-alleged-law-enforcement-source-karina-vetranos/story?id=62059077]).
The ABC News report also stated that a Legal Aid spokesperson said that “…. We received troubling and reliable information indicating that the police withheld critical Brady information about other potential suspects, which was never turned over to the defense…. Moreover, we learned that the police approached our Mr. Lewis to obtain a DNA swab as part of a race-biased dragnet, which involved the swabbing of over 360 African-American men in Howard Beach and other neighboring sections of Brooklyn and Queens…. In light of this case-altering information, we plan to submit motions on Monday seeking a hearing as to the prosecution's failure to disclose this exculpatory evidence and a new hearing challenging the [New York Police] Department’s unconstitutional racial profiling throughout their investigation....”
Perhaps as significant as the other bombshell insights contained in the letter, ABC revealed that detectives working the case didn’t think that Det. Lieut. John Russo’s attempt to specifically finger Chanel Lewis for special scrutiny was credible. Here’s what ABC’s Christina Carrega said another detective on the case thought of Russo’s tip: “According to the three-paged typed letter sent to the defense team, after Lewis' sample was taken, one of the detectives ‘reported back to Lt. John Russo the following, "He's not the perp. He's too puny and dimwitted."… Nonetheless, Lewis was arrested, allegedly confessed and was charged in February 2017 with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse.'...”