Murder charge against Uber driver downgraded to manslaughter

Police respond to a Chevron on Monroe Drive, where the Uber driver became involved in an argument with his three passengers. He is accused of shooting two, killing one man and injuring another.

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Police respond to a Chevron on Monroe Drive, where the Uber driver became involved in an argument with his three passengers. He is accused of shooting two, killing one man and injuring another.

Credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An Uber driver who was initially charged with murder after police say he shot and killed a passenger in June has seen the charge downgraded to manslaughter.

Nigel Nembhard, 36, of Decatur, was arrested and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault after a shooting June 23 that left one of his passengers dead and another seriously injured at a Chevron gas station on Monroe Drive, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Nembhard was detained at the scene by Atlanta police and cooperated with detectives. He was arrested after being interviewed at Atlanta police headquarters.

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Nembhard was re-indicted Sept. 13 and the felony murder charge was changed to voluntary manslaughter, online court records show. Nembhard’s attorney, Jackie Patterson, told Channel 2 Action News that his client was defending himself against three passengers who threatened him.

The passengers that day included Kevin Fulton, who was killed in the shooting; Anthony Boyd, who was seriously injured; and Deshaun Boyd. Anthony Boyd is now facing charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and simple battery, Channel 2 reported. He is accused of spitting on Nembhard and making physical contact with him.

Uber’s corporate policies forbid drivers and passengers from carrying guns during rides, the AJC previously reported. Shortly after the shooting, an Uber spokesperson confirmed that Nembhard had been banned from the app.

Deshaun Boyd has also been charged with tampering with evidence after he was accused of removing a handgun magazine from the scene, Channel 2 reported.

Nearly a month after Nembhard’s re-indictment, Patterson has filed a new motion for bond, according to online court records. Jail records show that Nembhard, who remains in the Fulton County Jail without bond, has been held there since he was booked June 24.

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