Judge delays trial of homeless man facing murder charges for 90 days; ordered suspect to remain under observation
WHITE PLAINS - The homeless man accused of pushing a young woman into the path of a train in White Plains faced a judge in court Friday.
The suspect, Howard Mickens, is facing attempted murder charges.
Inside White Plains City Court, the 39-year-old appeared distressed, knocking on a courtroom table despite being handcuffed. Officials say he kept interrupting the judge.
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Prosecutors say that Mickens pushed Hunter College student Maya Leggat onto the tracks at the White Plains Metro-North train station in September. Leggat suffered serious leg injuries.
Police say Mickens was living at a homeless shelter in White Plains at the time.
After undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, two doctors determined that he is not competent to stand trial. Mickens also told the judge he wanted to fire his attorney, claiming he was a federal agent from Iowa.
Judge Eric Press says Mickens has a need for medication but doesn’t take it. He's been under a suicide watch a the Westchester County Jail since the shoving incident.
The judge has ordered Mickens to remain under observation for the next 90 days. When he returns to court in January, the judge will then decide if the case can proceed.
Leggat was released from the hospital and is now undergoing rehabilitation at a facility in New Rochelle.