QUEENS, N.Y. -- (WPIX) -- A Queens courtroom was filled Monday as opening statements began in the murder trial of the man accused of strangling and sexually assaulting 30-year-old Karina Vetrano.
Emotions ran high, especially when prosecutors placed pictures of the crime scene, including Vetrano’s body into evidence.
Vetrano’s mom held a cross with tears in her eyes.
Police say back in August 2016, as Vetrano jogged near her Howard Beach home, Chanel Lewis, now 22, attacked and murdered her.
He’s on trial facing murder and sex assault charges.
His mother was also in the courtroom, holding a bible, praying as prosecutors presented their case to jurors.