A Kentucky lady has been charged with homicide for reportedly taking pictures and killing her Texas Uber driver after mistakenly believing he was kidnapping her and taking her to Mexico.
As of Sunday, Phoebe Copas has remained behind bars for the reason that June 16 taking pictures demise of 52-year-old Daniel Piedra Garcia, based on the Related Press.
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Uber Driver Fatally Shot By Passenger Who Thought He Was Kidnapping Her To Mexico
Piedra allegedly drove Copas whereas she was visiting her boyfriend in El Paso, located on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The 48-year-old instructed authorities she panicked through the journey after recognizing a highway signal that confirmed Juarez, Mexico, was solely seven miles away. She mentioned she believed Piedra had kidnapped her and was taking her to Mexico, police mentioned.
Copas then reportedly pulled a loaded handgun from her purse and shot Piedra within the head, inflicting the car to crash moments later.
Simply so everyone seems to be conscious, that is what the alleged assassin appears to be like like. 48yo Phoebe D. Copas of Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/sYSP6DrAr2
— Fahad Alam (@FahadMAlam) June 25, 2023
Piedra’s Taken Off Of Life Assist, Police Say No Proof Of Kidnapping
Piedra’s household finally took him off life assist a number of days after his hospitalization. Medical doctors allegedly instructed them he would by no means recuperate.
His niece, Didi Lopez, described Piedra as “a hardworking household man” to the El Paso Instances.
“He was a hardworking man and actually humorous,” Lopez mentioned. “He was by no means in a nasty temper. He was all the time the one which, if he noticed you in a nasty temper, he’d come over and attempt to raise you up.”
In the meantime, investigators refuted Copas’ claims that she was being kidnapped.
An arrest affidavit acknowledged Piedra’s automotive was by no means “in shut proximity of a bridge, port of entry or different space with speedy entry to journey into Mexico.”
Police additional instructed the press that Piedra’s by no means “veered from (her) vacation spot.”
Piedra’s niece mentioned that she “needs Copas would’ve spoken up, requested questions” if she felt scared as a substitute of appearing “on impulse and making a reckless resolution.”
“I want she would’ve spoken up, requested questions, not acted on impulse and make a reckless resolution, as a result of not solely did she smash our lives, however she ruined her life, too. We simply need justice for him. That’s all we’re asking.”
Piedra’s Spouse Creates GoFundMe, Copas Held On $1.5 Million Bond
The sufferer’s spouse, Ana, has since created a GoFundMe.
“The cash collected will… pay for hospital and funeral bills and different difficulties which will come up,” she writes.
The fundraiser has earned $81,306 as of Monday. These curious about donating to Piedra’s fundraiser can accomplish that right here.
Copas stays held on a $1.5 million bond.
She was initially charged with aggravated assault. Nevertheless, the cost was later upgraded to homicide following Piedra’s demise.