Accused Subway Pusher: I Didn't Mean to Kill

Friday, Dec 7, 2012  |  Updated 2:22 PM EDT
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Subway push suspect Naeem Davis at his arraignment on Wednesday.

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The man accused of shoving a subway rider to his death in front of an oncoming train says he didn't mean to push so hard and wasn't trying to kill the victim.

Naeem Davis, 30, said in jailhouse interviews with the New York Post and DNAinfo on Friday that he was high on marijuana when he encountered Ki-Suk Han, a 58-year-old father from Queens.

 

"I didn't mean to push him that hard," Davis told DNAinfo, "I just wanted him to get away from me.

"God was testing me," he added. "I failed that test."

Davis is charged with second-degree murder. Prosecutor James Lin told a judge this week that Davis watched the train strike Han before leaving the station.

 

"This defendant never once offered any aid as the train approached the station. In fact, this defendant watched the train hit the victim. And according to witnesses, he then calmly put his coat back on, picked up his cup of coffee and left the station, seemingly indifferent to the welfare or fate of the victim," Lin said.

Davis' Legal Aid lawyer, Stephen Pokart, said his client "was involved in an incident with a man who was drunk and angry."

Davis said in Friday's interviews hat Han approached him near the turnstile, grabbing his arm.

"I yelled at him, 'I don't know you. Get away from me,'" Davis told the Post.

The fight escalated on the platform, he said. When he pushed Han, the man "rolled."

Davis says he wants to apologize to Han's wife because "it would make things easier for me in here."

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