04/09/2011

Man who pushed NY cop off stairs pleads not guilty

The officer fell nine feet and fatally broke his neck while responding to a 911 call

By Colleen Long
Associated Press

NEW YORK — A man accused of shoving a New York City police officer to his death during his arrest on domestic violence charges pleaded not guilty to murder Thursday in a courtroom overflowing with the slain cop's colleagues and the suspect's wailing mother.

George Villanueva, 42, was held without bail in the death of Officer Alain Schaberger, who fell nine feet and broke his neck while responding to a 911 call from Villanueva's girlfriend March 11.

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