Uber driver who killed passenger set for Denver arraignment on murder charge

An Uber driver charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a passenger is scheduled for arraignment Friday afternoon in Denver District Court.

Michael Hancock
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Michael Hancock, 29

Michael Hancock, 30, faces one count of first-degree murder after deliberation in the death of 45-year-old passenger Hyun Kim after allegedly shooting him 10 times on June 1.

The hearing is set for 1 p.m. in Judge Shelley Gilman’s courtroom, according to court records.

Hancock has said he shot his passenger in self defense.

But during a Sept. 28 preliminary hearing, Gilman determined there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial. Six of the bullets struck Kim in the back, according to testimony.

Hancock is being held without bond in the Downtown Detention Center.

The shooting happened at 2:45 a.m. on June 1 on southbound Interstate 25 near University Avenue.

Hancock claimed that he shot Kim in self defense while in fear for his life after the passenger beat him and was reaching for his knife.

Uber’s company policy, which bars drivers and riders from carrying firearms, applies in Colorado, Uber officials have previously said.

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