A Kentucky woman has been accused of fatally shooting her West Texas Uber driver after mistakenly believing she was being kidnapped and taken to Mexico, according to police.
Here’s What Happened
Phoebe Copas, 48, remained jailed Sunday in El Paso, Texas, after being charged with murder last week in the death of 52-year-old Daniel Piedra Garcia.
Copas allegedly shot Garcia on U.S. Route 54 while driving her to a destination in El Paso’s Mission Valley on June 16, the El Paso Police Department said in a statement.
“At some point during the drive, Copas thought she was being taken into Mexico and shot Piedra. The investigation does not support that a kidnapping took place or that Piedra was veering from Copas’ destination,” the statement said.
Three weeks ago, Piedra, the sole provider of his household, began working as an Uber driver. He began his shift by picking up passengers at 7 a.m. and ending it around 2 p.m.
On June 16, he picked up his last customer of the day at about 2:20 p.m.
As his shift neared its end, his wife had not heard from him.
“The investigation does not support that a kidnapping took place or that Piedra was veering from Copas’ destination,” an El Paso police statement said.
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