Subway push suspect fit for murder trial: Judge
A judge ruled Monday that the Queens woman who claimed to have pushed a man into an oncoming train because he was Muslim is fit to stand trial.
Erica Menendez, 31, will return to court on Jan. 29 for her arraignment on charges ofmurder as a hate crime..
On Dec. 29, Menendez allegedly pushed Indian immigrant Sunando Sen, 46, onto an oncoming No. 7-train at the 40th Street-Lowery Street station in Queens. The suspect, who has a history of mental illness, told detectives she has hated Muslims and Hindus following since the 9/11 attacks.
Menendez wasn't in court during yesterday's hearing, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney's office said.