A mistrial was declared Tuesday night in the trial of a man accused of killing runner in Queens two years ago.
Jurors had been deliberating for a little over a day in the murder case of 30-year-old Karina Vetrano, who officials said was abducted, sexually assaulted, and killed while out for a run near her Howard Beach home in August 2016.
Chanel Lewis pleaded not guilty in Vetrano's killing.
Jurors had been reviewing a few pieces of evidence. Earlier Tuesday, the jury asked to review pictures of Vetrano's injuries and the murder scene. They also wanted to see web searches Lewis made after Vetrano was found dead.
Police said DNA evidence led them to Lewis. A videotaped confession was played in court; lawyers for Lewis claim that confession was coerced.
They're questioning how DNA evidence at the scene was collected and tested, suggesting there may have been additional DNA present.
The judge asked the jury at Queens Criminal Court to keep deliberating unusually late into the night. The jury said they tried to come to a verdict but were split after hours of deliberations. Prosecutors vowed to retry the case.
Vetrano's parents, who were present in the courtroom, were quiet when the judge announced the mistrial. Many of Vetrano's supporters cried when they heard the trial ended in a hung jury.