Jason Dalton Michigan Uber driver pleads guilty to all charges (Details).
Nearly three years after a mass shooting that killed six people and critically injured two others, Uber shooter Jason Dalton pleaded guilty to all charges in front of a Kalamazoo County judge Monday.
Dalton, 48, entered the courtroom on the final day of jury selection – the third day of a trial expected to last several weeks – and pleaded guilty to six counts of murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder and eight felony firearm charges. The news comes after Friday’s announcement from Dalton’s defense attorney that an independent forensic evaluation determined that Dalton failed to meet the legal requirements for an insanity defense.
Police said Dalton was the sole suspect in a night of terror across Kalamazoo on Feb. 20, 2016. He was working as an Uber driver, and police said he chose victims at random, shooting eight people at three different locations between fares. Kalamazoo County prosecutor Jeff Getting said Thursday the prosecution had substantial evidence of Dalton’s guilt.
Family members of the victims were in the courtroom when the plea was delivered. Many had said they sought justice for the friends and families of the victims in the resolution of the case. Rich Smith and his son, Tyler; Judy Brown; Mary Jo Nye and her sister-in-law Mary Lou Nye; and Barbara Hawthorne all lost their lives that night. Both Abigail Kopf, who survived being shot in the head, and Tiana Carruthers, a mother who was sprayed with bullets while shielding her daughter and other children, survived the chaos.