Uber driver shot and killed passenger after his boyfriend vomited in the car on St Patrick's Day

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An Uber driver shot and killed a New Mexico passenger on St Patrick's Day during a heated argument over 'a large amount of vomit' in the car, prosecutors said in newly filed documents.

Court papers submitted by the Bernalillo County district attorney last week said the vomit and a dispute over a cleanup fee led to the fatal shooting of James Porter.

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Police say driver Clayton Benedict killed Porter, 27, after stopping along a highway in Albuquerque on March 17.

More than three months later, Benedict has not been charged in the slaying.

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A charging decision may come in the next few weeks, district attorney spokesman Michael Patrick told Albuquerque Journal.

'Prosecutors are currently going over hundreds of documents and videos,' Patrick said.

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Benedict picked up Porter and his boyfriend from a bar on the evening of St. Patrick's Day, according to a search warrant affidavit seeking details from Uber about Benedict's trips and other information.

The boyfriend, Jonathan Reyes, later told police the two had been at the bar since 2pm and although he typically doesn't drink, he had six or seven drinks that day.

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Benedict - who had been driving for Uber for a year and a half while also working as a photographer - told detectives they were traveling south on Interstate 25 when Reyes threw up in the backseat.

'At this point, the other passenger and Clayton start to go back and forth about a potential "clean-up fee,"' the detective wrote in the affidavit. 'James is the male arguing/pleading with Clayton not to...
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