The homeless man who fatally shoved a drunken Queens father in front of a Q train acted in self-defense against a “deranged and threatening” man, his lawyer said in closing statements Monday.
“He was simply trying to defuse this combustible situation not brought about by him, but [by] a man who was deranged and threatening,” Stephen Pokart told jurors at the Manhattan Supreme Court murder trial of Naeem Davis.
Pokart said Davis, 34, feared for his life after Ki Suck Han, 58, followed him into the 49th Street Station on Dec. 3, 2012.
But prosecutors said Davis acted out of rage, not fear.
Assistant DA Charles Whitt conceded Han was “staggering like a zombie, stumbling incoherently,” but said that didn’t justify Davis’ extreme reaction.
The jury begins deliberations Tuesday.