Verdict near in dead jogger case
A man who allegedly killed a New York jogger has been described in court as a "perpetually angry loner" who attacked the 30-year-old woman because he was "sexually frustrated".
Chanel Lewis, 22, is accused of murdering Karina Vetrano after the two randomly crossed paths in New York in August, 2016.
The jury is now deliberating whether Lewis should be jailed for life for the crime.
In closing statements, lawyers said Lewis was "angry all the time" because he didn't have a job, friends or a girlfriend when he killed Vetrano in an otherwise random attack.
"On this day he took his anger out on a pretty young woman, a girl in a halter top," District Attorney Brad Leventhal said.
"He has no girlfriend, no job, no friends and he's angry all the time. He takes the random opportunity to pounce on her. I submit he was motivated by anger and sexual frustration."
Lewis has pleaded not guilty to murder and sexual abuse charges.
Mr Levanthal also pointed to what he described as strong DNA evidence, which reportedly included evidence collected from Vetrano's fingernails, her neck and mobile phone.
A lawyer for the defence, Robert Moeller, said the crime scene had been corrupted by various people, including Vetrano's father who found her body, and therefore wasn't credible.
Mr Moeller also said that Lewis had only confessed to the crime in detail because he was repeating what the young man had heard the police say.
Mr Leventhal quoted from the defendant's confession, and rejected any notion that it was coerced.
"The defendant was advised of his constitutional rights," Mr Leventhal said. "He's the man whose hands were wrapped around her neck, squeezing her neck, squeezing her throat, choking the life out of her body.
"The evidence shown at trial shows beyond any doubt, let alone reasonable doubt, that he's a murderer," Leventhal said, "and all the tap-dancing in the world isn't going to change that."
Vetrano was attacked while jogging not far from her home in the Howard Beach neighbourhood of Queens, New York, where she was physically attacked, sexually assaulted and then strangled.
Her father Philip Vetrano found her body.
Police said Vertrano fought hard for her life, biting her attacker so hard her teeth cracked.
Vetrano's parents have been present in court throughout the trial, often breaking down in tears as more grisly details were released.
Lewis faces life in prison if found guilty.