Crime & Justice

Schizophrenia claimed in LA train platform killing

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A defense attorney has told a Los Angeles jury that a homeless woman who pushed an 84-year-old woman off a train platform to her death was an unmedicated schizophrenic who had been released frorm a hospital three days earlier.

Attorney Laurice Cheung said Thursday that Jackkqueline Pogue is not guilty of murder and entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Jurors, however, must reach a verdict on the underlying charge of second-degree murder before they address her mental state.

Deputy District Attorney Louis Avila cited statements attributed to Pogue saying she meant to kill the woman. He said in his opening statement that she should be found guilty of murder.

An earlier jury deadlocked on the question of whether Pogue understood the consequences of her actions.