Michigan man pleads guilty to 6 murders while driving for Uber

Leroy Wright
January 9, 2019

A former Uber driver who claimed he was being controlled by the app through his mobile phone has pleaded guilty to murdering six people.

Dalton pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree pre-meditated murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder and an additional eight counts of felony firearm. Dalton admitted to shooting eight people at three locations in the Kalamazoo, Michigan, area in 2016.

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

Jason Dalton was set to stand trial for fatally shooting four women in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant, in addition to a father and son who were at a vehicle dealership, and for wounding two additional strangers. His lawyer, Eusebio Solis, withdrew plans to use an insanity defence, and Dalton, shackled around his waist and wearing a dress shirt with an unbuttoned collar, stood at the front of the courtroom and pleaded guilty to every charge, including six counts of murder.

Jason Dalton faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole.

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

Four women were killed outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

"I've thought about this quite a lot", he said to Lipsey.

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Dalton used a 9mm handgun in she shootings, according to Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Getting.

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.

"I don't know whether there will ever be a satisfactory answer as to why he did it ... the "why" question is one that haunts us", Getting said, CNN reported.

"The report also showed there were more than 7.7 million property crimes previous year".

In an interview with detectives, Dalton said the Uber app "literally took over his mind and body" on February 20 when the color of the app's symbol changed from red to black.

Dalton's sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 5, Brower told NPR.

But he told the judge: "There are personal reasons for him".

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