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Trial begins for UberEATS driver accused of murdering customer

Robert Bivines is accused of shooting and killing Ryan Thornton.

The trial for a former UberEATS driver accused of shooting and killing a customer has started.

Opening arguments began in court  Wednesday.

Robert Bivines, 36, is facing a murder charge. The shooting happened on Pharr Court South at The Concorde Condominiums in Buckhead. 

Authorities said  30-year-old Ryan Thornton of Atlanta, ordered food Feb. 17 using the UberEATS app. As he was walking away from the driver around 11:30 p.m., words were exchanged between the two.

RELATED: Attorney for UberEATS driver accused of murder: It was self-defense

Police alleged the driver fired several shots, striking Thornton several times. The driver allegedly left the scene. Thornton was taken to Grady Hospital in critical condition and later died.

The suspect did later turn himself in to authorities. In February, the suspect's attorney told 11Alive the shooting was in self-defense.

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UberEATS is a smartphone app used to order takeout food from restaurants. Drivers for the company pick up the food and deliver it to the customer. According to company policy, all drivers have to have passed a background check performed by a third-party company,