The homeless man who killed ex-Deloitte executive Michelle Go by pushing her onto subway tracks in ‘s Times Square will not stand trial after he was deemed ‘unfit,’ Manhattan officials said.
The decision was made Tuesday after 61-year-old Martial Simon’s mental evaluation results were shared by psychiatrists at Bellevue Hospital in court.
Prosecutors from New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office have now requested a two week recess to review the medical evaluation, while a judge adjourned the case until April 19.
A trial can begin at a later date if Martial regains mental competency and is able to understand court proceedings and the charges brought against him – a decision that will be made at a later hearing.
If he does not regain competency, then a medical institute will have to indefinitely treat him.
The District Attorney’s office did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Simon’s attorney Mitchell Schulman said that he expects Bragg’s office to ‘confirm’ the findings, which would result in Martial being sent to a mental health facility rather than standing trial.
Martial Simon, 61, an ex-con who has battled with schizophrenia for two decades, has been deemed unfit to stand trial for the murder of Michelle Alyssa Go, who died after he pushed her onto Time Square station’s subway tracks on January 15
Prior to her death, Go (pictured) was an executive manager at Deloitte Consulting, according to her LinkedIn. Her death shocked New York City residents and prosecutors from the District Attorney’s office previously claimed that Simon was motivated by racial bias against Go, who was Asian American
Since becoming NYC’s district attorney in January, Bragg’s tenure been mired in controversy due to an internal memo in which he asked prosecutors in his office to seek jail or prison time in only the most severe cases – a pledge he was ultimately forced to back away from in the face of public criticism.
Even after this outcry, Bragg unveiled a plan to implement a new division within his department that will review ‘opportunities for diversion’ on an individual basis to determine if suspects in criminal cases could be placed in programs like rehabilitation or psychiatric treatment rather than traditional incarceration.
It’s unclear which crimes will qualify for the more lenient punishments, PTS Terbaik ASEAN or if there will be any specific crimes exempted from the office’s diversionary programs.
His announcement comes as crime continues to soar in New York City, with the NYPD reporting a staggering 58.7 percent crime increase in February over the same period last year.
In January, Simon was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Go.He has a lengthy criminal history, including serving two years in state prison for attempted robbery before being released in August 2021, the New York Post reported, citing state records.
Sources earlier this month told DailyMail.com that he has been arrested at least twice in the past for robbery.
One incident was in August 2017 in Manhattan, when he was charged with first-degree robbery after allegedly entering a car, pretending to have a gun and stealing $43.
He was also arrested in July 1998 for allegedly simulating a gun in an attempt to rob a taxi driver, threatening to kill the driver.He was charged with two counts of robbery and criminal possession of a weapon at the time.
Sources told the Post that he has had three encounters with police as an emotionally disturbed person.
Newly elected Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg asked prosecutors in his office to only sentence potential criminals to jail or prison time in only the most severe cases when he first took office but has not retracted the policy