A Kentucky lady is accused of fatally sh00ting her West Texas Uber driver after falsely believing she was being abducted and brought to Mexico.
Phoebe Copas, 48, remained in jail in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday after being charged with m*rder in the deαth of 52-year-old Daniel Piedra Garcia last week.
Copas allegedly shot Garcia on U.S. Route 54 on June 16 while transporting her to a destination in El Paso’s Mission Valley.
“At some point during the drive, Copas thought she was being taken into Mexico and shot Piedra. The investigation does not support that a kidnapping took place or that Piedra was veering from Copas’ destination,” the statement read.
Copas was arrested and charged with second-degree felony aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.
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Piedra was in the hospital for several days until his family removed him from life support after doctors told them he wouldn’t survive. Copas would face m*rder charges when Piedra d!ed.
Copas was not represented by a counsel, according to court and jail records. The Associated Press reports that she is being jailed on a $1.5 million bond.
Copas, from Tompkinsville, Kentucky, was visiting her boyfriend in El Paso when she was shot.
During the voyage, Copas spotted traffic signs that stated “Juarez, Mexico,” according to an arrest affidavit. El Paso is located across the border from Juarez on the United States-Mexico border.
Copas is suspected of snatching a revolver from her purse and shooting Piedra in the head while believing she was being abducted and brought to Mexico. The car collided with barricades before coming to a halt on a motorway.
The crash site was “not in close proximity to a bridge, port of entry, or other area with immediate access to travel into Mexico,” according to the affidavit.
Copas allegedly took a photo of Piedra after the gunshot and emailed it to her boyfriend before calling 911.
“He was a hardworking man and really funny,” Didi Lopez, Piedra’s niece, told the El Paso Times. “He was never unhappy.” He was always the one who would come over and attempt to cheer you up if he saw you in a bad mood.”
Piedra’s family said on a GoFundMe page that he was their primary provider and had only recently returned to work after being wounded at his former job.
“I wish she had spoken up, asked questions, and not acted on impulse and made a reckless decision, because she not only ruined our lives, but she also ruined her own,” Lopez added. “All we want is justice for him.” That is all we are requesting.”
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