A white American citizen working in the Marines allegedly killed a homeless black man on a New York train. The homeless man had caused a disturbance, and the 24-year-old allegedly strangled him for 15 minutes until he died. This is expected to be a controversial criminal case in America.
Earlier this week, the homeless man was found dead on the subway and the medical examiner ruled that he had been intentionally suffocated. The prosecutors are now deciding whether or not to press charges.
According to the coroner, Jordan Neely’s death was caused by strangulation of the neck. The coroner also determined that the manner of death was homicide.
Neely, 30, was reported to be homeless and having an episode of mental illness on a train in lower Manhattan on Monday afternoon when the youth jumped to handcuff him, according to police and witness accounts.
Medical examiner rules Jordan Neely’s death a homicide after subway choking https://t.co/j1aksLxq1I pic.twitter.com/TMXAeAJDY6— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) May 4, 2023
Police said the white youth, identified as a 24-year-old marine from Queens, hypnotized Nellie from behind and choked him for about 15 minutes. This caused Nellie to faint, and when the ambulance arrived, they were unable to revive him.
Authorities ordered additional examinations after completing the initial autopsy to examine the tissue on Neely’s neck, according to police sources.
The witness who filmed the disturbing confrontation told The Post that Neely was shouting on the train that he had no food or drink and didn’t care if he went to jail before a Marine arrested him.
Police said earlier that Neely had threatened the passengers, but he did not know what words were exchanged.
Law enforcement sources said Neely had “many arrests” on his record including for drugs, disorderly conduct and assault, and that he was living on the streets with a recorded history of mental illness.
At the time of his death, the sources said, he had a warrant for his arrest in a case in November 2021 where he was accused of assaulting a 67-year-old woman in the East Village.
The marine was taken into custody immediately after the bloody confrontation, but was released without charge.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office confirmed on Wednesday that it is investigating Neely’s death, including whether to file charges against the man who choked him.
A spokesperson for the office stated that they were reviewing the coroner’s report regarding the tragic loss of Jordan Neely’s life, which they consider to be a serious matter.
As part of their ongoing investigation, they plan to evaluate all available video and image footage, interview as many witnesses as possible, and obtain additional medical records.