DENVER – An Uber driver charged with murder in the shooting of a passenger on a Denver interstate has pleaded not guilty. Michael Hancock entered his plea Friday. A jury trial is set for April 1st.
Hancock’s family says the 29-year-old was defending himself after the passenger attacked him during the ride on June 1st.
Prosecutors charged Hancock with first-degree murder in the death of 45-year-old Hyun Kim. Prosecutors said evidence shows Hancock fired from outside the car at Kim, who was inside.
Previous testimony indicated that Hancock flagged down a passing driver to call 911, repeatedly asked dispatchers to send an ambulance for Kim, and cooperated with police.
Hancock told police that Kim hit him in the face while the car was going 70 mph on I-25 at the University Blvd. exit near Denver University.