Cops: Scam Calls Ended in Uber Driver's Murder

William Brock of Ohio accused of killing innocent woman after both received deceptive requests
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2024 9:05 AM CDT

An 81-year-old Ohio man is accused of shooting and killing an Uber driver who was directed to his home as part of a scam. Police say the homeowner, now charged with murder, received a call from a scammer who demanded he cover bond for a jailed relative. The caller, who claimed to be an officer at a local courthouse, allegedly made threats and what amounted to a "ransom demand," per USA Today. Meanwhile, the Uber driver received a request to pick up a package from William Brock's home in South Charleston. Loletha Hall, 61, arrived and asked Brock about the package on the morning of March 25. The homeowner then pulled out a gun and demanded to know who had called him, per WSYX.

Brock allegedly took Hall's cellphone, preventing her from calling for help. "When she tried to get away, he shot her once, then there was more exchange between them," Lt. Kristopher Shultz of the Clark County Sheriff's Office tells NBC News. "Mr. Brock was at some point injured to his head, and he shot Ms. Hall a second time. There was more conversation, and then he shot her a third time." Only then did Brock call police. Hall was taken to a hospital but died while in surgery, per WSYX. Brock was charged with murder. Investigators found Hall presented no active threat. Indeed, a camera placed on the dash of her vehicle shows her retreating while Brock pursues her, his gun drawn.

Brock believed Hall was involved in the scam, but she "did not have any idea," Shultz tells NBC. The outlet reports police spoke with the scammer, who called Brock's phone after the shooting, explained what happened and arranged a meeting, but the caller never showed. Authorities have yet to identify the person, per NBC. Uber says the account behind the request to Hall has been banned. "This is a horrific tragedy and our hearts continue to be with Loletha's loved ones as they grieve," says a rep. Brock was initially arraigned on a murder charge and posted a $200,000 bond. He is now to be arraigned on three counts of murder, one count of felonious assault, and one count of kidnapping, per NBC. (More murder stories.)

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