A woman was sentenced to 24 years in prison Wednesday, after admitting to shoving a Hindu man off a Queens subway platform to his death in an attack motivated by religious animus.
Maricela Mera, the mother of accused killer Erika Menendez, offered her condolences Friday to the family of the victim, 46-year-old Sunando Sen.
Defense attorneys will have its own psychiatrist examine 31-year-old Erika Menendez.
The woman accused of shoving a man in front of a subway train in Queens last month blamed a “bad day” for her actions in a recent interview.
At a hearing on Monday, the judge ruled that Menendez is fit to stand trial. Menendez was not in court for the hearing. A lawyer hired by the woman’s family said she remains hospitalized.
Police say Menendez’s family members called authorities several times in the past five years because they were having difficulty dealing with her. Police did not say what the medication was.
Judge Gia Morris ordered Erika Menendez, 31, held without bail and be given a mental health exam. Menendez was arraigned Saturday night on a charge of second degree murder as a hate crime.
Police had a woman in custody Saturday in the death of a business owner who was shoved in front of a subway train in Queens.
In the wake of the second recent incident in which someone shoved a fellow passenger off a subway platform and left him to be killed by a train, New York City transit officials said they might give more thought to install sliding doors on some platforms.