A woman who stands accused of shoving a Queens resident in front of a New York City subway train on Monday was said to have lied about a previous train-related death that took place earlier this year, according to the New York Post.
Melanie Liverpool-Turner, 30, was captured by police shortly after an alleged violent altercation between she and 49-year-old Connie Britton in the Times Square subway station in Manhattan yesterday, November 7, as reported by CBS News. According to the report, Liverpool-Turner was seen by witnesses arguing with Britton, whom she did not know, on the southwest platform for the IRT No. 1 train Monday afternoon, before allegedly shoving the woman directly into the path of an inbound train. Britton would later die on the scene from injuries she incurred from the collision.
In court on Tuesday, Liverpool-Turner entered a plea of “not guilty” on charges of second-degree murder. Prosecutors countered that the New York City subway shoving suspect initially admitted to police that she had indeed pushed Britton in front of the train, but Liverpool-Turner responded that she never gave such a statement to law enforcement.
“I didn’t admit to nothing,” she relayed to the judge.
Incidentally, Liverpool-Turner was said to have alluded to having a hand in the death of another New York City subway passenger, a 19-year-old college student from Germany, about a month ago.
Following the occurrence, which was ultimately discovered to be a suicide, Liverpool-Turner falsely claimed to the NYPD that she had pushed the young woman in front of a train at the Union Square station, also in Manhattan, on October 19. As the investigation into that incident continued, it was found that Liverpool-Turner had nothing to do with the matter, and that she had a history of schizophrenia and borderline personality disorders. She was eventually admitted to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric testing following the telling of the gruesome tall-tale.
A source connected to the New York Police Department believed that the uncovering of Liverpool-Turner’s lie might be the reason why she shoved Britton in front of the New York City subway carrier.
“Maybe that’s what inspired her to do what she did [on Monday],” the insider said.
During her court appearance on Tuesday, Liverpool-Turner was not asked about the October incident. Her public counsel, Mathew Mari, revealed that the accused chose not to share her previous mental health history with him, but still maintained his client’s plea of innocence in the death of Britton.
“She’s adamant that she did not confess,” Mari stated, “and that she’s not guilty [of this crime].”
Service of the 1, 2, and 3 trains was temporarily stalled in the transportation mecca as police removed Britton’s body from the tracks. Manhattan Chief of Detectives, William Aubry, apologized to passengers for the delay while simultaneously thanking passerby who spoke up following the heinous act.
“We have numerous witnesses [who saw Liverpool-Turner],” he stated during a press conference at the Times Square station following the New York City subway crime. “People on the platform did exactly what we wanted [them] to. They saw something and [they] said something.”
He went on to say, “They saw this woman push another woman and they flagged down two police officers. It’s a horrible incident and your heart goes out to this family and this victim.”
Liverpool-Turner’s boyfriend, 48-year-old Olief Wilson, explained to reporters that his partner initially told him that she was headed out to Brooklyn to go shopping for clothes. After the incident, which he seemingly learned about through the media, Wilson understandably was in a high level of shock.
“That’s my baby,” he tearfully relayed. “I’m at a loss for words.”
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