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Erika Menendez, suspect in NYC subway shoving death, ruled fit to stand trial

CORRECTS SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO ERIKA INSTEAD OF ERICA - In this image provided by the New York City Police Department, a composite sketch showing the woman believed to have pushed a man to his death in front of a subway train on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 is shown. Police arrested Erika Menendez on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, after a passer-by on a street noticed she resembled the woman seen in a surveillance video. The attack was the second time this month that a man was pushed to his death in a city subway station. (AP Photo/New York City Police Department) uncredited

Erika Menendez, center, is led away by police Dec. 29, 2012, in New York.
Erika Menendez, center, is led away by police Dec. 29, 2012, in New York.
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(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A New York City woman accused of shoving an Indian man to his death in front of a subway train because she believed he was Muslim has been found fit to stand trial.

Erika Menendez, 31, was charged with murder in the death of 46-year-old Sunando Sen, who was shoved off a Queens subway platform on Dec. 29.

According to court documents, Menendez told police that she did it because she hates Muslims and thought he observed that failth. Sen was Hindu.

A judge announced at a hearing Monday that Menendez had been found fit for trial. She did not appear in court. An attorney hired by her family says she remains hospitalized.

Menendez will be arraigned on an indictment Jan. 29.

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