Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Michigan Uber driver pleads guilty to 6 murders in 2016

Michigan Uber driver pleads guilty to 6 murders in 2016

An Uber driver who went on a shooting spree that killed six people in the Midwestern US state of MI pleaded guilty to all charges on Monday.

"It's unusual for a person to plead guilty to first-degree pre-meditated murder because the effect is mandatory", said Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting during a press conference.

After his arrest, police quoted Dalton as saying a "devil figure" on Uber's app was controlling him on the day of the shootings.

Dalton, who had an Uber score of 4.73 out of 5 before the killing spree, picked up passengers in between shootings at three locations near Kalamazoo, Michigan in February of 2016, including a Kia dealership and a Cracker Barrel.

Solis said Dalton told him he did not want to put his family or the victims' families through trial, and his family had spoken with him over the weekend to stop the case from going to trial.

Throughout the rest of the hearing, Dalton remained in a holding cell with two police escorts, following the hearing by video conference.

Prosecutor Jeff Getting said the motive behind the shootings is a question that "haunts us".

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The shootings took place on a Saturday evening at three locations - outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, a Kia vehicle dealership and an apartment block. "All told, six people killed and two were injured".

Jason Dalton pleaded guilty to killing six people in-between picking up riders for Uber in 2016.

He then gunned down Mary Lou Nye, 62, Mary Jo Nye, 60, Dorothy "Judy" Brown, 74, and Barbara Hawthorne, 68, in a restaurant parking lot - where he also shot a 14-year-old girl who survived. "I've wanted this for quite a while". "And his response wasn't like you would expect, like a laugh".

Dalton's guilty plea wasn't part of any deal negotiated with prosecutors and his attorney reportedly advised him against it.

Dalton had been deemed competent to stand trial and last week dropped an insanity defense. But he said his client wanted to spare families more grief during a trial.

"We're very happy that we're able to reach this resolution", Getting said as reported by ABC News. "Doing this is best for the people of this community".

Dalton will be formally sentenced on February 5th.

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