The Latest: Police identify NYC subway push victim

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Posted: Nov 08, 2016 1:34 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of a woman who authorities say was shoved in front of an approaching subway train under Times Square (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Police have identified a woman who was shoved to her death in front of an approaching subway train under New York's Times Square.

The New York Police Department says the victim was 49-year-old Connie Watton, of Queens.

Authorities say Watton and another woman, Melanie Liverpool, were talking or arguing on the platform before Liverpool pushed Watton onto the tracks.

Liverpool is being held without bail after her arraignment Tuesday on a murder charge. Prosecutors said she confessed to the crime, but the 30-year-old Liverpool said in court that she didn't admit to anything. Her lawyer, Mathew Mari, says she is adamant that she isn't guilty.

Authorities have described Liverpool as emotionally disturbed. Mari says she declined to give him details of her medical history.

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9:55 a.m.

New York City police are looking at surveillance video in the investigation of a fatal subway shove at the bustling station beneath Times Square.

A train crushed a passenger to death around 1 p.m. Monday after another woman pushed her onto the tracks.

Witnesses flagged down two police officers on the platform. Melanie Liverpool, of Queens, was apprehended within minutes. She was later arrested on a murder charge.

It wasn't clear if she had a lawyer who could comment on her behalf. Authorities have described Liverpool as emotionally disturbed.

Subway deaths from pushes are not common, but there have been a few in the past few years.