ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a driver in the St. Patrick’s Day shooting death of an Uber passenger in Albuquerque.
Court records show Bernalillo County prosecutors charged Clayton Benedict on Monday afternoon — more than three months after the shooting death of 27-year-old James Porter occurred.
A spokesman for the district attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking further explanation on timing of the charges.
A voicemail left at the local public defenders’ office seeking comment on Benedict’s behalf was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Authorities say Benedict opened fire after he picked up Porter and a friend, and an argument broke out along Interstate 25.
Ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft have policies that prohibit the presence of weapons inside vehicles when they are used for transporting clients.