Subway conductor charged in bystander's death

August 30, 2008 3:58:33 PM PDT
A jujitsu-trained New York City subway conductor who fought back during an attempted mugging has been indicted on a murder charge for fatally stabbing a bystander caught in the fray. Police say subway conductor Maurice Parks fatally stabbed the bystander, who was attempting to flee the chaotic scene and who may have been trying to help Parks.

Parks appeared in State supreme Court in Manhattan on Friday but his arraignment was postponed until he could retain an attorney. He was being held without bail.

Police had originally ruled out filing homicide charges against Parks in the January episode, ruling the killing as an act of self-defense. But prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury, which decided to indict Parks.

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