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Elderly Ohio man shoots Uber driver, pleads not guilty to murder charge

Uber blocks account that requested ride to house of man who killed employee

Web Desk
April 17, 2024
Ohio man killed Uber driver as he mistook her for scammers accomplice. — CNN via Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Ohio man killed Uber driver as he mistook her for scammer's accomplice. — CNN via Clark County Sheriff’s Office

An Ohio man, 81, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder after he shot female Uber driver he mistakenly believed was working with a scammer and attempting to extort him, CNN reported citing reports from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

William Brock shot Loletha Hall several times outside his South Charleston home on last month, according to a criminal complaint. Hall was taken to a local hospital where she died.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, Brock told police that before the shooting, he had received threatening phone calls from a male caller who claimed his relative was in jail.

The caller demanded money for the relative’s bond, but when Brock refused, the caller threatened to harm him and his family.

Hall, 61, arrived in her Uber at Brock’s residenceafter receiving a request to retrieve a package, unaware of circumstances surrounding the request, and ended getting shot multiple times by Brock.

According to 911 call he made after shooting her, Brock believed that she had a connection to the scam caller and would kill him and his family.

Police released dashcam video obtained from Hall’s vehicle of Brock confronting her outside his home.

Brock pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder and posted his $200,000 bond on Wednesday, according to court documents.

Uber has been in contact with Hall’s family and law enforcement, the company said, adding that the account of the individual who ordered Hall’s Uber to Brock’s house.

It’s unclear if the account owner has been identified or if any additional arrests have been made, but authorities believe that the individual was either the original scam caller or an accomplice.


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