News Karina Vetrano murder suspect's phone reveals evidence of motive, prosecutors say Chanel Lewis's phone shows possible evidence of web searches about forceable rape, assistant Queens DA says. Chanel Lewis of Brooklyn is led out of the 107th Precinct in Flushing on Feb. 5, 2017. Photo Credit: James Carbone By Anthony M. DeStefano email@example.com Updated September 20, 2018 12:25 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The accused killer of Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano had pornography on his cellphone that was seized by police as possible evidence of web searches about forceable rape, prosecutors disclosed in court Thursday. Assistant Queens District Attorney Brad Leventhal made the revelation to Queens State Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise in a pretrial hearing for Chanel Lewis, the Brooklyn man accused of murdering and sexually abusing Vetrano in August 2016. Leventhal contends the phone evidence is an indication of a sexual motive for the crime. Aloise will have to rule on whether the evidence can be used at the trial, which the judge set for Oct. 29. Vetrano, 30, was murdered when she went for a run near her Howard Beach home on Aug. 2, 2016. She was found strangled and sexually assaulted in a marshy area, police said. More than six months later, on Feb. 5, 2017, police arrested Lewis, then 20 years old. He was charged with second-degree murder in connection with Vetrano's death. By Anthony M. DeStefano firstname.lastname@example.org Anthony M. DeStefano has been a reporter for Newsday since 1986 and covers law enforcement, criminal justice and legal affairs from its New York City offices. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic What we know about the Karina Vetrano caseThe trial ended with a hung jury. Karina Vetrano's memory lives on with secret garden"Sometimes it seems like it happened yesterday," Philip Vetrano said. DNA evidence, confession in Vetrano case admissible: JudgeDefense lawyers failed to convince a judge that a 2016 police stop was improper. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.