A psychiatrically troubled woman accused of pushing a straphanger in front of an oncoming Times Square subway train smirked and seemed annoyed as she was arraigned Tuesday on murder charges.
“This is a strong case with multiple eyewitnesses and the defendant has admitted to the crime,” prosecutor Matthew Thiman told the judge at Melanie Liverpool-Turner’s Manhattan Criminal Court appearance.
Liverpool-Turner — who’d been rolling her eyes as Thiman described her pushing Connie Watton to her death Monday afternoon in front of a No. 1 train — seemed astonished.
Her lawyer, Mathew Mari, told Judge Gerald Lebovits his 30-year-old client maintains her innocence.
“The defendant has indicated to me that she does wish to inform the court that she is not guilty,” Mari said, noting she has no criminal record.
Sources said she does have a psychiatric history. She’s battled schizophrenia and recently claimed to have pushed another woman to her death at the Union Square station on Oct. 19.
“I hear voices. I push people in front of trains,” she told cops then, police sources said. Police have deemed that case a suicide.
Liverpool-Turner was taken for a psychiatric evaluation, and investigators believe her proximity to that incident may have planted the idea in her mind, the sources said.
Mari would only say that he knows “she did have some kind of medical history but she wouldn’t go into it.”
A source said she was arrested for allegedly assaulting a roommate in 2009, and she’s struggled with her mental health since at least 2012.
That February, she told cops from the 71st Precinct that she suffers from depression and anxiety and that she hears voices. She also said the TV was talking to her, sources said.
Liverpool-Turner was ordered held without bail.
Watton, 49, had spent decades working as a housekeeper, cook and caretaker for billionaire Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman’s family.
“The family is in mourning,” said a source close to the Schwarzman family. “This is a horrible tragedy that affected a wonderful woman. Their thoughts and prayers are with her family.”