ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A grand jury has voted to move forward with charges against an Uber driver who shot and killed one of his passengers. They’ve indicted driver Clayton Benedict on second-degree murder charges, with the option of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Police say Benedict admits to shooting James Porter on Saint Patrick’s Day, saying that Porter threatened to run him over. It happened after a dispute over the other passenger vomiting in the back of his car and a cleanup fee.

At one point, the driver pulled over near I-25 and Montano and told Porter and his friend to get out. That’s when he says Porter tried to get behind the wheel and he shot him.

Second-degree murder carries a possible 15-year sentence. For manslaughter, it would be six years.

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