THE family of jogger Karina Vetrano broke down in court as they watched her accused killer lay bare the tortured final minutes of her life.
Cathie Vetrano let out an agonising moan as she heard for the first time suspect Chanel Lewis calmly confess to beating her daughter unconscious before strangling her.
A video was played to a pre-trial hearing showing the 20-year-old killer describing to police the brutal August 2016 attack, reports the New York Post.
"I was mad, I saw red," Lewis told police shortly after his arrest in February.
He told the police in the interview that he killed Vetrano, who he encountered jogging towards him in a park in Queens, because “a guy moved into my house and neighbourhood”.
And he says he then grabbed Vetrano, a manager for Google, as she jogged past him, adding she clawed at his face as he hit her five times before she was knocked unconscious.
He said: “She didn’t yell. She was finished.
“I finished her off, I strangled her. She fell into the puddle and drowned,” he says coolly in the footage.
“I got up and wiped off the blood. And she was calm, she was in the pool [of water].”
Incredibly, after telling cops how he “finished her off,” the 21-year-old seemed to think he could pay his way out of murder charges.
“I can straighten out my stuff?”
Lewis asks the befuddled prosecutor after he spills his guts during the interview.
“Well, you’re the DA, right? Where do we go from here? Is there a restitution program or something?”
Before confessing, he’d told Det Barry Brown “I want to change my life, I’m sorry for what I did”.
But he insisted he didn’t molest her, even though her jogging shorts had been pulled down. “I didn’t do any of the stuff they said, sexual assault and stuff like that,” he told cops, according to the tape.
He said he then walked home up the bike path, “shaken up,” hoping to get napkins to stop the bleeding from the scratches she’d left on his face.
When asked why he attacked the jogger, Lewis confusingly responded that he killed Vetrano “because a guy moved into my house and the neighbourhood”.
Lewis was arrested six months after the killing when a voluntary cheek swab he gave matched DNA found under the victim's fingernails.
A version of this story originally appeared on New York Post.
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