NEW YORK — A New York City woman accused of shoving another woman to her death at a midtown Manhattan subway station denied the charge during her arraignment Tuesday, reports CBS New York.
Melanie Liverpool, 30, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder at Manhattan Criminal Court. Liverpool was arrested Monday afternoon, moments after thepulling into the Times Square subway station.
The victim has been identified as Connie Watton, 49, of New York City’s Queens borough.
A prosecutor said Tuesday that Liverpool confessed to police, but Liverpool denied the allegation.
“I didn’t admit to nothing,” she said.
Police said Monday that witnesses said the two women argued before the fatal push. The women did not know each other, according to police.
Authorities have described Liverpool as emotionally disturbed. Her lawyer, Mathew Mari, said she declined to detail her medical history for him, but said she has maintained her innocence.
“She’s adamant that she did not confess and that she’s not guilty,” Mari said.
Police said Monday that Liverpool admitted to pushing Watton in front of the train and indicated she was involved in a previous subway death. The New York Police Department confirmed to 48 Hours’ Crimesider Tuesday that investigators are now taking a second look at an Oct. 19 death in the Union Square subway station that was originally ruled a suicide.
Liverpool was not asked about the previous incident in court.