Yesterday, the homeless man who was arrested for allegedly fatally shoving a Queens man into the subway tracks in Manhattan pleaded not guilty to 2nd degree murder charges. Naeem Davis, 30, has already confessed to shoving 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han onto the tracks at the 49th Street N/R/Q station on Monday. But in a jailhouse interview with the Post, Davis insisted that he never meant to kill Han, and he was haunted by voices in his head during the confrontation: "I heard, ‘Naeem he's coming again. He’s coming again. You got to do something.’ I kept hearing voices like that," he said. "From the depths of my heart, I didn't mean to kill him."
Davis told them he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his 20s, but wasn't taking any medication to treat his condition. He did admit he was high on marijuana when he bumped into 58-year-old Han just after noon on Monday. "I was under the influence [of marijuana]. It wasn't my intention to kill him. I just wanted him to get away from me," he said. Davis insists that Han, who was found with a bottle of vodka on him and may have been drunk, instigated the fight. "He grabbed my arm. He said, ‘I'm gonna kill you,’” Davis claims. "I yelled at him, "I don't know you. Get away from me." Here's a video of Han and Davis in a confrontation before the deadly push:
Davis went on to describe the final confrontation: "I took out off my jacket and put down my coffee cup. I saw a red cap (inside his pocket) and I didn't know what he was going to do. I didn't see a bottle. I fought back in self defense. I was against the wall when I pushed him. He fell on his ass and then rolled." Davis says he couldn't help him get up because he was too stoned: “I was under the influence, that's why I didn't help...I saw the train hit him. I heard his bones crack."
He also added that there were at least five other men on the platform at the time—including photographer R. Umar Abbasi, whose haunting photo of Han ended up on the cover of the Post—but none of them helped as well: "I had my back to him. Even if I grabbed both his arms, the train still would've clipped him,” he said. “It happened so fast I didn't have time to react." Davis says he plans to accept a plea deal to avoid serving a longer sentence—he hopes to get 7 1/2 years to life by pleading guilty to manslaughter.
He also mentioned that he'd like to apologize to Han's widow in person: "I just want to see her face-to-face and say, ‘I'm sorry,’" he said. "It would make things easier for me in here."