Detroit man accused of killing Uber driver denied bond

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A Detroit man authorities allege was responsible in the fatal shooting of an Uber driver in March was ordered held in custody Monday.

The charges against Dajuan Watson, 23, include felony murder and armed robbery.

In a brief video arraignment, Magistrate Laura Echartea of Detroit’s 36th District Court set Watson’s next court appearance for April 18. Watson’s preliminary examination will be April 25 at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit.

Prosecutors say that after 11 p.m. March 19, Watson called Uber driver Modou Diagne of Detroit to pick him up from a location on Chester in Detroit.

Watson allegedly got into an altercation with the driver and shot him in the 5500 block of Pacific, near Livernois and Joy.

Officers from the Detroit Police Department were dispatched to the scene shortly afterward and found Diagne, 51, sitting in a 2010 Lincoln Navigator. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died from multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said.

In addition to felony murder and armed robbery, Watson is charged with felony firearm and delivery and manufacture of a controlled substance under 50 grams. Echartea said that substance was heroin.

According to court records, Watson also is expected to stand trial in two different cases starting April 27 before Judge Cynthia Hathaway, also at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.

In those two cases, Watson faces a charge of larceny between $1,000 and $20,000, armed robbery, two counts of felony firearm, one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of carrying a dangerous weapon.

Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.