Jury acquits man in subway shove death
NEW YORK — A jury on Monday acquitted a man accused of killing a stranger by shoving him into the path of a New York City subway train that struck him minutes later.
Manhattan jurors reached the verdict Monday at the trial of Naeem Davis, who said it was self-defense.
Davis, 34, said Ki-Suck Han, 58, was the drunken instigator of the deadly altercation on a train platform near Times Square in December 2012.
Prosecutors brought a murder charge against Davis, arguing he had shown a “depraved indifference” to Han’s life. He also was charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Davis said that after they accidentally bumped into each other, Han followed him down the platform, berated him with obscenities, grabbed his shoulder and hurled death threats.
Davis said he pushed Han away, saying he fell “head first onto the tracks and rolling like a bowling ball.”
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