A woman accused of pushing a commuter in front of an oncoming subway in Times Square in New York City smirked at a court hearing where she was arraigned on murder charges Tuesday, the New York Daily News reported.
“This is a strong case with multiple eyewitnesses and the defendant has admitted to the crime,” prosecutor Matthew Thiman told the judge at Melanie Liverpool’s Manhattan Criminal Court appearance.
Liverpool, smirked and rolled her eyes as Thiman described how victim Connie Watton was pushed to her death, interrupting with, “What, I didn’t admit to nothing.”
Her lawyer argued that the 30-year-old was not guilty and maintains her innocence.
“The defendant has indicated to me that she does wish to inform the court that she is not guilty,” defense attorney Mathew Mari said, highlighting the fact that she has no criminal record.
The woman, who has a history of schizophrenia, claimed to have pushed another woman in front of a train at the Union Square subway station Oct. 19.
“I hear voices. I push people in front of trains,” she told cops then, police sources said.
Witnesses told police that Liverpool entered the station as the woman jumped, so Liverpool was not charged with a crime.
Liverpool was ordered held without bond before her next court appearance Thursday.
Another woman was convicted and sentenced last year to 24 years in prison for pushing a man into a New York City subway in 2012.
In 2014, a 61-year-old man was fatally pushed in front of an oncoming D train in the Bronx without warning. The suspect was smoking a cigarette outside a bodega as if nothing had happened.