Mentally ill woman charged with shoving woman to her death in path of subway, police say

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Suspect Charged in Pushing Woman to Her Death

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A Queens woman is accused of fatally shoving a fellow commuter in front of a subway train pulling up to the Times Square station on Monday -- a crime police say she also claimed to have committed in an unrelated incident last month.
Melanie Liverpool-Turner, 30, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Connie Watton, according to the New York Daily News. Liverpool-Turner is accused of pushing Watton, also of Queens, off of the subway platform at the 42nd Street station Monday afternoon.
The suspect, who police said has schizophrenia, was taken into custody moments after Watton was killed, the Daily News reported. Witnesses reported seeing the women, who did not know one another, arguing just before the incident.
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The newspaper reported that investigators were looking into whether or not Liverpool-Turner had any involvement in an Oct. 19 death at the Union Square subway station. Though the death of the woman in that incident was ruled to be a suicide, Liverpool-Turner told officers at the time that she pushed the woman.
“I hear voices. I push people in front of trains,” Liverpool-Turner was quoted as telling investigators, according to the Daily News.

Witnesses at the Union Square station that day told police, however, that it was unlikely Liverpool-Turner played a part in the first victim’s death because she entered the station just as that woman jumped from the platform. The New York Post reported that the woman, identified only as a German college student, had recently gone through a breakup and was suffering from depression.
Police sources told the Daily News that investigators are wondering if the previous incident, after which Liverpool-Turner was hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation, could have “planted the seed” for Monday’s fatal encounter. 
After Watton’s death, the operator of the train had to be taken to the hospital for treatment for emotional trauma, the newspaper said. Trains were delayed for hours as detectives investigated the scene.
The Times Square station is the busiest in the city, with more than 200,000 passengers passing through each day, the Daily News said