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Man charged in death of Uber passenger 'danger to the community,' prosecutors say

HOUSTON – A 25-year-old accused of shooting an Uber passenger last week appeared in court overnight.

Neilo Johnson, 25, was taken to the Harris County jail Monday and charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of James Grant Booker, 26.

According to authorities, the two were at a friend’s house to watch a movie when the shooting happened.

The mug shot of Neilo Jhaman Johnson, who is charged with murder in connection with a shooting on April 26, 2019.
The mug shot of Neilo Jhaman Johnson, who is charged with murder in connection with a shooting on April 26, 2019.

Deputies said an Uber driver stopped to pick Booker up Friday, April 26 at about 1:40 p.m. at the residence in the 12500 block Laurel Haven Way.

According to investigators, Johnson approached the passenger side window of the Uber vehicle and opened fire. The Uber driver took off and called for help, but it was too late.

Harris County authorities said Booker was shot several times while he was in the back seat of the vehicle.

Prosecutors Monday argued that Johnson was a danger to the community. 

“Your honor, the state files a motion for an $800,000 bond as the defendant is charged with murder after the shooting death of the passenger in the ride-sharing app Uber. The defendant’s willingness to kill demonstrates that he is a grave danger to the community,” prosecutors said.

Though not $800,000, the judge still decided to set Johnson’s bond at $200,000. His next court date is set for Wednesday.

The Uber driver was not injured.


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