Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Uber driver pleads guilty to killing six in MI shooting rampage

Uber driver pleads guilty to killing six in MI shooting rampage

An Uber driver charged with killing six strangers in between picking up passengers pleaded guilty to murder in MI on Monday, just before attorneys were set to interview jurors for his trial.

Dalton submitted his guilty plea while jury selection was taking place in Kalamazoo County court, where he was standing trial this week, the news agency reported.

Prosecutors said they would agree to the plea if Dalton took responsibility for his actions and pleaded guilty to all counts against him.

Dalton admitted to shooting eight strangers in three separate locations in February 2016 while he was working as an Uber driver, picking up and dropping off customers around Kalamazoo.

Following his arrest that evening, Uber confirmed that Mr Dalton was a driver registered with the app-based cab-hailing company, issuing a statement saying that it was "horrified and heartbroken" at the violence.

The report said Dalton told officers he did not shoot when he was pulled over because the app went from black to red and "he felt like he was no longer being guided".

He answered "yes" to a series of questions, admitting that he killed four women, a man and a 17-year-old boy.

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Dalton told a judge: "I've wanted to do this for quite a while".

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

Nonetheless, his attorney Eusebio Solis said they will not put up an insanity defense, adding that an independent evaluation determined he fell short of the legal requirements, according to CW7.

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

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 said, 'We've considered that several times and rejected it.' And he wanted to have discussions in private with me".

Dalton, the father of two children, had worked as an insurance adjuster and had no previous criminal record before the February 2016 shootings. "Doing this is what's best for the people of this community, it's what's best for our victims".

"But in speaking to Mr Dalton, there are reasons" for the plea, Solis told Judge Alexander Lipsey.

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