The Colorado Uber driver is not found guilty of murder despite TEN TIMES shooting at male passenger after claiming he was acting in & # 39; self-defense & # 39; because the married father made & # 39; unwanted sexual advances & # 39;
- Michael Hancock, 29, was acquitted on Thursday of murder in Denver
- In June, he shot Hyun Kim ten times after fighting with him in his Uber
- Kim had called an Uber after a night of drinking with friends
- He wanted to be dropped off two kilometers from where he was picked up, but Hancock eventually brought him 70 miles away
- Prosecutors say that Kim probably fell asleep and that Hancock took advantage of him to drive around and raise the rate
- They suggested that the couple argue when he woke up disoriented
- Hancock said the married father made sexual progress and then became aggressive when he rejected him
- He got out of the vehicle after crashing on a highway to shoot him 10 times
Michael Hancock, 29, was acquitted of murder on Thursday
An Uber driver was not found guilty of murder despite getting out of his car to walk around it and shooting a male passenger ten times after telling a jury that he was acting in self-defense because the married father had met him.
Michael Hancock, 29, was acquitted of the murder of 45-year-old Hyun Kim, a father whom he shot shortly before Friday, June 1, at 3:00 pm on a highway in Denver, Colorado.
Kim had called an Uber to a cafe where he was drinking with friends.
He entered the destination as somewhere just two miles away, but he and Hancock ended 70 miles from the pickup spot.
After a fight, Hancock finally crashed the car against a central reservation on the highway and then got out to walk past it and shoot at Kim sitting in the front passenger seat. He then called 911.
Prosecutors painted a scenario in which Kim was so drunk that he fell asleep in the vehicle. They said that Hancock used it and drove around while he was unconscious in the car to raise his fare.
They suggested that he then plant a knife in Kim & # 39; s hand – which he admitted – to present it as if they had fought.
Hancock's defense was that he rightly feared for his life and that the fight began when Kim made an unwanted sexual advance on him.
Hyun Kim, shown with his wife and son, was shot 10 times last year and died. He had called an Uber after a night of drinking with friends. Prosecutors say he probably fell asleep in the car and that Hancock then drove around to take advantage of him and get a higher rate. Hancock claimed that the married father came to him sexually and then became aggressive when he was rejected
Kim is shown stretched away from the stage. Hancock called himself after shooting
His lawyers told the jury that he opposed Kim and told him that he was not interested, but that he was going to touch his leg in an inappropriate way.
They claimed that Kim became aggressive when he was rejected and that he started beating Hancock and grabbing him by his dreadlocks.
They said that the knife was placed in the hand by the driver because he wanted to check if he was alive.
Hancock took the position claiming that he feared for his life
The jury was not given the option of a lesser charge and instead had to decide only on the number of first-degree murders Hancock faced.
They acquitted him. He was taken back to the downtown detention center, where he will be processed and released from prison.
His family cheered in court and hugged while Kim's widow leaned her head forward on one of the backs of the benches and sat quietly.
Kim & # 39; s blood alcohol level was .308 – almost four times the legal limit.
Prosecutors said that in the years that he had used the app, Kim had not behaved inappropriately towards Uber drivers in the past.
Hancock had a history of traffic violations.
Hancock & # 39; s car crashed on the highway last June
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