Erika Menendez, suspect in NYC subway shoving death, due in court today

Erika Menendez, center, is led away by police Dec. 29, 2012, in New York.
Erika Menendez, center, is led away by police on Dec. 29, 2012, in New York.
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(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A woman accused of killing a man in a hate crime is expected in court Tuesday on allegations that she shoved him off a New York City subway platform.

Erika Menendez, 31, is held on a charge of murder as a hate crime in the Dec. 29, 2012 death of 46-year-old Sunando Sen.

Sen was standing on a platform in Queens on his way home when he was pushed to his death as the train entered the station. Authorities said Menendez pushed Sen because she thought he was Muslim. Sen was Hindu.

Authorities were called to her home several times in the past five years because she was reportedly not taking prescribed medications and was difficult to deal with. A judge previously announced that Menendez was found fit to stand trial.

Complete coverage of Erika Menendez on Crimesider


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