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Psychiatric examination ordered for suspect in death of man shoved in front of NYC subway

  • In this image provided by the New York City Police Department, a composite sketch showing the woman believed to have pushed a man to his death in front of a subway train on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 is shown. Police arrested Erika Menendez on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, after a passer-by on a street noticed she resembled the woman seen in a surveillance video. The attack was the second time this month that a man was pushed to his death in a city subway station. (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)The Associated Press

  • In this Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 photo, New York City Police Department detectives escort Erika Menendez, second from left, out of the 112th Precinct in the Queens borough of New York. Menendez was arraigned Saturday night on a charge of murder as a hate crime. Judge Gia Morris has ordered that the 31-year-old be held without bail and be given a mental health exam. (AP Photo/Newsday, Danielle Finkelstein) NYC LOCALS OUTThe Associated Press

  • Commuters walk on the platform as a train enters the 40th St-Lowry St Station, where a man was killed after being pushed onto the subway tracks, in the Queens section of New York, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Police are searching for a woman suspected of pushing the man and released surveillance video Friday of her running away from the station. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The Associated Press

  • Commuters watch as a train enters the 40th St-Lowry St Station, where a man was killed after being pushed onto the subway tracks, in the Queens section of New York, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Police are searching for a woman suspected of pushing the man and released surveillance video Friday of her running away from the station.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The Associated Press

  • Commuters wait on the platform as a train passes through the 40th St-Lowry St Station, where a man was killed after being pushed onto the subway tracks, in the Queens section of New York, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Police are searching for a woman suspected of pushing the man and released surveillance video Friday of her running away from the station. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The Associated Press

A psychiatric evaluation has been ordered for a woman accused of shoving a man to his death in front of a subway train because she believed he was Muslim.

Erika Menendez was charged Saturday night with murder as a hate crime after she told police she spontaneously pushed 46-year-old Sunando Sen off a subway platform Thursday night. Sen, a native of India, had lived in Queens for decades, where he was a graphic designer and copy shop owner.

The 31-year-old Menendez laughed so hard during her arraignment that that Judge Gia Morris told her lawyer he'd have to stop his client from laughing.

She was held without bail and ordered to have a mental health exam. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 14.