New York Post
Fri, 07 Dec 2012 03:33 UTC
"I heard, 'Naeem he's coming again. He's coming again. You got to do something.' I kept hearing voices like that," Naeem Davis told The Post of his alleged victim, Ki Suk Han, in a jailhouse interview at Rikers Island.
"From the depths of my heart, I didn't mean to kill him."
Davis, 30, wearing an orange jumpsuit and slippers, said he diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his 20s but wasn't taking any medication to treat his condition -- though he was high when Han, 58, was killed.
"I was under the influence [of marijuana]. It wasn't my intention to kill him. I just wanted him to get away from me," he said.
Davis, who was staying at Bronx shelter on 136th Street, was headed to W. 28th Street to pick up some merchandize to peddle in Midtown.
Davis said an intoxicated Han first approached him near the 49th Street subway booth at 11:30 a.m. -- and threatened him, he said.
"He grabbed my arm. He said, 'I'm gonna kill you,'" he said. "I yelled at him, "I don't know you. Get away from me."
Han badgered him, he said -- and approached him near the turnstile and on the platform, where things got really heated.
"I took out off my jacket and put down my coffee cup. I saw a red cap (inside his pocket) and I didn't know what he was going to do. I didn't see a bottle. I fought back in self defense. I was against the wall when I pushed him. He fell on his ass and then rolled."
"I was under the influence, that's why I didn't help," he said.
Davis said there were five other men on the platform but nobody intervened.
"I had my back to him. Even if I grabbed both his arms, the train still would've clipped him," he said. "It happened so fast I didn't have time to react."
Davis, who described himself as a "good hearted person," coldly watched the train hit Han and walked away after hearing his body snap.
"I saw the train hit him. I heard his bones crack," he said.
Davis said he later turned himself into police because he "had no choice."
Now he wants to take a plea deal to avoid serving a longer sentence. He hopes to get 7 1/2 years to life while pleading guilty to manslaughter.
He also wants to apologize to the victim's wife -- but for selfish reasons.
"I just want to see her face-to-face and say, 'I'm sorry,'" he said. "It would make things easier for me in here."
Han's family laid him to rest yesterday.
Davis said he is a devout Muslim who prays five times a day and goes to mosque daily.
"I've been praying every hour," he said. "God was testing me. I failed that test."