Dalton’s attorney ‘surprised’ by client’s decision to plead guilty

Dalton’s attorney ‘surprised’ by client’s decision to plead guilty

An Uber driver who went on a shooting spree that killed 6 people in the Midwestern US state of MI pleaded guilty to all charges Monday.

Jason Dalton surprised judges and lawyers who expected him to fight the charges when he nearly immediately admitted to both murder and attempted murder.

Jason Dalton admitted carrying out the 2016 shooting spree in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, in between picking up fares for the taxi firm.

He answered "yes" to many questions and admitted that he shot eight people at three separate locations in the Kalamazoo area - an apartment building, a restaurant and a auto dealership - in 2016.

There was no sentencing agreements that hinged on Dalton's guilty pleas. Police said he fatally shot four people outside a restaurant and a father and son at a vehicle dealership in between driving people for Uber, while two people survived the shootings.

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

Dalton's guilty plea wasn't part of any deal negotiated with prosecutors and his attorney reportedly advised him against it. He dropped an insanity defense in court last week and was deemed fit to stand trial.

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

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Dalton was accused in the slaying of six people in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 2016.

Tiana Carruthers, who was shot multiple times but survived the attack, told the court that she saw Dalton's face "every time" she goes to sleep, adding: "I hurt every single day".

Kalamazoo County prosecutor Jeff Getting told the AP "everybody wants to know" what drove Dalton to indiscriminately kill six bystanders who had the misfortune of being in Dalton's line of sight on that terrifying day.

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

Days after the shooting, Uber confirmed that Dalton had passed a company background check and that there was no evidence that any warning flags were missed.

Dalton will be formally sentenced on February 5th.

"But I can tell you in private that he has been remorseful during several of my meetings with him".

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