2 men charged in cab driver's death due in court

CINCINNATI -- Two men indicted in the fatal shooting of a cab driver are expected to appear in a Hamilton County courtroom Wednesday to either enter a plea or set a date for trial.

Dakeith Pleasant, 24, and Keyawhan Love, 20, are charged with murder and aggravated robbery in the death of Mamadou Diop

Police found Diop, 45, slumped behind the wheel at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12 in the 1600 block of Baltimore Avenue.

A motorist called 911 after seeing the cab stopped in the road with the driver's door wide open. The caller said Diop, a father of three from Westwood, had been shot in the back of the head.

Diop, a native of Senegal, picked up a fare in the Uptown area just after midnight, said Ran's Taxi owner Mussie Andemariam. Diop was found dead about a half-hour later.

Both Pleasant and Lowe are in jail on $1 million bonds. If they are found guilty, they face the possibility of life in prison without parole.

After hearing about Diop's death, many taxi drivers in the city said they want to be allowed to carry guns on the job.

"It is scary. Plus, you're not allowed to have any kind of weapon in Cincinnati. You don't know who you're picking up," Yebrah Gebrekerists, a driver for Ran's Taxi, said. "I don't feel safe driving right now. In the nighttime. Especially West Side. It's not safe to drive in the nighttime."

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