Uber Eats driver accused of killing customer indicted on murder charges

4:25 p.m Thursday, March 8, 2018 Crime
Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
Robert Bivines

An Uber Eats driver accused of killing a customer outside his Buckhead condominium last month was indicted on felony and malice murder charges. 

Robert Bivines’ attorney, Jackie Patterson, has claimed his client acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Morehouse College graduate Ryan Thornton. 

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Ryan Thornton (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

On Feb. 17, Atlanta police say Bivines delivered Thornton his order and the two exchanged words, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. The entire incident was captured on surveillance video. 

Atlanta police Det. Andre Lowe testified that Bivines, 36, fired four shots from his white Volkswagen Beetle before leaving the scene. 

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Patterson has insisted his client acted in self-defense after Thornton approached the delivery driver’s car twice — hands in his pockets — after collecting his food. 

In addition to murder charges, Bivines faces aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony charges. He remains in the Fulton County jail without bond. 

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