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The case against an Uber driver accused of fatally shooting his passenger while parked on the side of Interstate 25 is moving forward on a count of voluntary manslaughter, a judge ruled Monday.
After a daylong preliminary hearing, the District Attorney’s Office asked Judge Neil Candelaria to find probable cause to support a second-degree murder prosecution against 32-year-old Clayton Benedict. But the judge ultimately found that the evidence in the case supported only the manslaughter count.
Based on Monday’s ruling, Benedict faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. His defense team contends that he fired in self-defense.