GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The man accused of killing an Upstate Uber driver was acquitted of his charges Thursday.
Michael Mecklenburg was shot to death when he was driving for Uber in April 2017. 7NEWS spoke with Mecklenburg’s family, who said they’re still trying to process it all.
Joseph Johnson III, was on trial this week for the murder. We previously reported that deputies believed Johnson shot Mecklenburg in the head after the Uber driver dropped off a passenger on Power Street. It happened after deputies said Johnson “engaged Mecklenburg in an unprovoked verbal altercation.”
7NEWS spoke with the Office for the Solicitor of the 13th Judicial Circuit about the jury’s decision to acquit Johnson, he said…
“We regret the verdict to this case, but we respect the jury’s decision.”-Walt Wilkins, 13th Circuit Solicitor
We also reached out to Johnson’s defense attorney for comment, and we’re waiting to hear back.
We previously reported that in April 2017, Mike Mecklenburg, while working as an Uber driver was shot to death.
Deputies arrested Joseph Jovanti Johnson III, who was accused of shooting Mecklenburg in the head after Mecklenburg dropped off a passenger on Power Street.
Deputies said Johnson “engaged Mecklenburg in an unprovoked verbal altercation that eventually resulted in Johnson firing a single shot, striking Mecklenburg in the head.”
Johnson appeared before a jury this week in Greenville County.
The jury reached a verdict to acquit Johnson.