Jury ac­quits man in sub­way shove death

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.”

AP/TED S. WAR­REN

Wash­ing­ton State Pa­trol cadet Cody Fath wears gog­gles as he views a vir­tual re­al­ity de­pic­tion of dis­tracted-driv­ing sce­nar­ios dur­ing an event Mon­day at the state Capi­tol in Olympia, Wash., to raise aware­ness of a state law pro­hibit­ing the use of nearly all phones and mo­bile de­vices while driv­ing. The law goes into ef­fect Sun­day.

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