The woman accused of fatally shoving another person into an oncoming train in Times Square yesterday has been charged.
Suspect Melanie Liverpool-Turner, 30, has been charged with second-degree murder for pushing Connie Watton, 49, into an oncoming train. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Monday on the 1 train platform at the station. Witnesses said they saw the two women arguing before the shove, but there's no indication that the two knew each other before the incident.
"Our hearts go out to the victim and the other people who were on the platform and saw this," Manhattan Chief of Detectives William Aubry said at a press conference yesterday before Liverpool-Turner was charged. "We are looking at video of this incident and the person of interest as they entered the station. We have numerous witnesses...People on the platform did exactly what we wanted [them] to. They saw something and said something."
Sources tell the NY Post that Liverpool-Turner has a history of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The suspect also claimed last month that she had pushed a different woman in front of a train in Union Square. "I hear voices. I push people in front of trains," she reportedly told cops at the time. Investigators determined that Liverpool-Turner had made up the story, but she was taken for a psychiatric evaluation at Beth Israel after that incident, which a source told the Post may have "inspired her to do what she did today."
The brother of the victim told the Post that Watton’s husband was completely distraught: "He’s not doing very well. He’s in total shock," the relative said. "I hope [Liverpool] gets prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
"Out of a million people, this had to happen to her?" he added. "She was honestly the most caring, loving, honest person I ever met. She would never hurt anybody. She never feared the city."