Subway-Pushing Suspect Fit for Trial: Judge
Erika Menendez 'thought it'd be cool' to shove man: police
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2013 11:05 AM CST
In this image provided by the New York City Police Department, a composite sketch showing the woman believed to have pushed a man in front of a subway train on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 is shown.   (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)

(Newser) – Following a psychological evaluation, alleged New York subway pusher Erika Menendez has been cleared for trial, the New York Post reports. Menendez remains in the hospital, her attorney says. Her arraignment Jan. 29 for second-degree murder is likely also to address an outstanding reckless driving accusation. Meanwhile, the Post reveals more about her arrest: After being nabbed in the early morning hours in Brooklyn, she kept muttering to herself and asked where the R train was, insiders say.

At first she told police she hadn't been at the scene of the crime; at the time, she was smoking marijuana with a friend, she said. Later, however, she said, "I’ll just plead guilty," a prosecutor noted. She carried out the alleged hate crime "because I’d thought it’d be cool," she allegedly said. Neighbors called Menendez strange. "When she don’t take her medication, she goes really wacky," said her building's doorman.

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Jan 14, 2013 9:44 PM CST
We used to lock these people up. Now these new age psychs think they can be controlled with the right medication. Which means they don't work and are probably living off the system. Some of them hiding out while others roam the streets like lost dogs high on their medication. And some of them have Assault Rifles. Who needs a background check. The Black Market is filled to the brim.
Jan 14, 2013 9:36 PM CST
I don't know whether to rate this as brilliant or depressing. On one hand finally they are going to prosecute a psychopath without them hiding behind a psychiatric excuse, but if this lady was mentally fit, what kind of mentally fit horrible person is this?
Jan 14, 2013 3:52 PM CST
Must have been the evil weed!