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Evidence Released Trumps Prosecution In Uber Driver Murder Trial
State Issues Toxicology Report, Alleged Attacking Passenger Over Four Times Legal Limit
By: 1000 Points of Light Campaign
On August 1st, the coroner's office in Denver County released the autopsy report stating that Hyun Kim, the deceased in the shooting involving the Uber driver Michael Hancock, had a blood alcohol content of 308, over four times the legal limit for intoxication. The report also states that of the 10 shots fired, 4 were around his legs and 2 were to the trunk, seemingly consistent with a defensive act by Hancock and not premeditation. The report did not show any non-shot injuries to Kim. Hancock's medical report from the incident did show multiple contusions. These facts support Hancock's assertion of self-defense and raises puzzling questions regarding the decision of the District Attorney's charge of Murder.
On July 26th, the District Attorney could not produce the coroner's report, asserting that they had not received it yet and did not know why it wasn't available. The prosecutors provided no reason as to why the coroner had not presented it to their office two months after the incident occurred. The judge, seemingly frustrated, set the next proof of evidence hearing for September 28th. This left Hancock with an additional two months behind bars with no evidence to support the District Attorney's charge and no bail set.
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Shortly after the continuance was granted, Hancock's family and members of the community began to reach out to the coroner's office and were informed that they were never made aware of any court date to prepare the report for the prosecutor's office. During the hearing, the prosecution requested another DNA sample and palm print without giving a reason or any evidence against which they intended to match them.
McCann has a history of questionable sentencing practices. Many in the community, legal experts and others are looking for answers about the severity of Hancock's charge. The premeditation requirement to pursue a first-degree murder charge does not appear to align with the events in this case, the coroner's report or the eye witness accounts. Uber's mobile app directed the driver and passenger to be in the same car and Hancock had driven other passengers without incident. Uber has yet to weigh in on the facts of the case and could not be reached for comment.
Hancock is highly regarded in the community and his stellar reputation raises even more questions as to why he has not even had a bail hearing. Members of the community are concerned with the fact that Hancock has been detained with no evidence of guilt nor afforded the opportunity for bail. Hancock's wife and two children eagerly await the next hearing on September 27, 2018 and are hopeful that the autopsy report and eye witness accounts will support Hancock's immediate release. We will continue to follow this story for more developments.
Written by Nardos Alemayehu
Edited by: Tique Davis
The parents and friends of Michael Hancock have set up a donation page at https://justice4michaelhancock.givingfuel.com/
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