The Latest: Man arraigned on murder charge in jogger's death

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Posted: Feb 05, 2017 7:56 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a man in the strangling death of a New York City woman out jogging (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

A 20-year-old man has been arraigned on murder charges in the strangulation death of a New York City woman out on a run last summer.

Chanel Lewis, of Brooklyn, is being held without bail after his arraignment Sunday in the death of Karina Vetrano.

The 30-year-old woman had gone running near her Queens home on Aug. 2 when she was attacked and strangled. Her father found her badly beaten body in a secluded marsh.

Police arrested Lewis on Saturday and said DNA evidence led investigators to him. The DNA profile of the attacker came from genetic material found under Vetrano's fingernails and on her phone and neck.

Prosecutors say Lewis has admitted to the fatal attack.

Efforts to contact Lewis' Legal Aid attorneys weren't immediately successful.

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3:45 p.m.

A man arrested in the strangulation death of a New York City woman out on a run last summer is facing a murder charge.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says 20 year-old Chanel Lewis, of Brooklyn, was expected to be arraigned later Sunday. The charge carries a penalty of 25 years to life in prison if he's convicted. No information on an attorney for him was available.

Karina Vetrano had gone running near her Queens home on Aug. 2 when she was attacked and strangled. Her father found the 30-year-old's badly beaten body in a secluded marsh.

Police arrested Lewis on Saturday and said DNA evidence led investigators to him. The DNA profile of the attacker came from genetic material found under Vetrano's fingernails and on her phone and neck.

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12:23 p.m.

Police have arrested a man in the strangulation of a New York City woman who had gone out for a run last summer and was found dead in a secluded marsh.

Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says 20-year-old Chanel Lewis, of Brooklyn, made "incriminating statements" when he was arrested Saturday night. Formal charges were pending Sunday. It wasn't immediately clear if Lewis has an attorney.

Karina Vetrano was killed Aug. 2 after going for a run not far from her Queens home. Her father later discovered her badly beaten body.

Boyce says the encounter that led to 30-year-old Vetrano's death apparently was a chance one.

He says DNA evidence led to the arrest. Genetic material found under Vetrano's fingernails and on her phone and neck resulted in a DNA profile.