Opening statements begin in Queens jogger Karina Vetrano’s murder trial 11/06/2018 5:40 am PST Comments WPIX via WPIX: 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. FULL STORY: Opening statements begin in Queens jogger Karina Vetrano's murder trial - WPIX #KarinaVetrano #NewYork #Queens #WPIX Related Stories Vetrano's mother: ‘No medication will heal my shattered being’ New video shows slain jogger Karina Vetrano moments before her death Exclusive: NYC jogger Karina Vetrano's best friends speak out Naked man found in park where Queens jogger murdered to give DNA NYPD solves '95 cold case jogger murder, eerily similar to Vetrano case Murdered jogger’s grieving parents battle for new DNA test 'At a loss for words': Karina Vetrano's parents react to arrest in murder case Brooklyn man, 20, charged in murder of jogger Karina Vetrano Mental capacity of Karina Vetrano murder suspect called into question CWD Exclusive video: NYC jogger Karina Vetrano moments before attack Karina Vetrano's parents applaud passage of state DNA policy Karina Vetrano update: Murder suspect's father talks to Chris Hansen CWD Exclusive: Chris Hansen speaks to Karina Vetrano’s family Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.