According to the immunity motion, Bivines was fearful for his life as Thornton approached his car and said “I’m going to (expletive) you up.” It is not known if Thornton had a weapon on him at the time of the shooting.
Should the judge deny that Bivines acted in self-defense, Patterson said he’ll still argue the “Stand Your Ground” law in court. Jury selection would also begin immediately after the hearing Tuesday.
According to Atlanta police, Bivines, 36, and Thornton, 30, were seen on surveillance video arguing outside after Bivines dropped off Thornton’s food Feb. 17. Bivines fired four shots from his white Volkswagen Beetle before leaving the scene, according to police.
Patterson has said the surveillance video doesn’t tell the entire story and previously alleged Thornton was not happy about the delivery time, threatened Bivines and motioned toward his pockets.
Thornton graduated from Morehouse in May 2017 with a political science degree and had recently started a new job, a spokeswoman for the school said in a previous statement.
Before the murder charge, Bivines’ record included minor traffic violations and a 2010 battery charge in DeKalb County. In that case, Bivines, then 28, punched his brother Kenya in the forehead with brass knuckles and pleaded guilty.
Patterson said his client has been biding time in jail since his arrest, but maintains his self-defense claims.
“He’s prepared for the fight of his life,” he said.
Uber Eats driver denied bond in Morehouse grad's killing A 36-year-old Uber driver named Robert Bivines is accused of killing a customer outside a Buckhead apartment complex Saturday, according to Atlanta police. He was denied bond in court Tuesday. Bivines shot 30-year-old Ryan Thornton multiple times minutes after delivering the meal. Bivines then left the scene, police say. Thornton was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died. Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown said "words may have bee