Woman accused of hate-crime murder of Indian in NY subway 'laughed maniacally as charged'

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 07:50 hrs

The deranged woman, who was charged with a hate crime three days after she allegedly shoved an Indian immigrant to death in front of a train in New York, broke into a maniacal fit of laughter as she was charged with the murder.

Authorities said that Erika Menendez, 31, confessed to the savage act after she was nabbed on a Brooklyn street on Saturday.

According to the New York Daily News, she told cops that she hated Muslims and Hindus ever since 2001 when the twin towers were attacked.

At her arraignment late Saturday night, Menendez started cackling as prosecutors read aloud her bizarre and contradictory statements to detectives, the report said.

Suspect in fatal subway push Erika Menendez reacts as she's led from the 112 Pct. after being picked up by police in Brooklyn Saturday afternoon.

Menendez's laughter accompanying the recitation of her statements infuriated the judge, the report said.

She has been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in connection with the gruesome death of Sunando Sen, 46, who was raised a Hindu.

She will also undergo a psychiatric exam to determine whether she is mentally competent.

Sunando Sen, 46, was pushed off the No. 7 train platform at 40th St./Lowery stop in Sunnyside to death on Wednesday night, the report added. (ANI)

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