Judge Sets February Trial Date for Accused New York Subway Shooter

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday set a tentative late February trial date for Frank James, the man accused of carrying out an April 12 shooting and smoke bomb attack in a New York subway car.

James, 62, is accused of injuring 23 people during the morning rush hour on a Manhattan-bound N-train in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood, in one of the most violent attacks in the history of the city’s transit system. No one was killed.

U.S. District Judge William Kuntz set the Feb. 27 trial date at a Monday hearing in Brooklyn federal court, noting that the date could be pushed back.

When asked by Kuntz at the start of the hearing how he was doing, James replied, “Not too good.” James told the court he had been watching “a bit of baseball” and had “read things in the press” that he was not happy about, but did not elaborate.

Mia Eisner-Grynberg, a lawyer for James, declined to comment after the hearing.

The attack followed a string of violent crimes in America’s largest metropolitan transit system, including instances of commuters being pushed onto subway tracks.

(Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.

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