Kalamazoo: A Michigan man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday, just before attorneys were set to interview jurors for his trial.
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Jason Dalton's surprise move came almost three years after the shootings, which occurred over the course a few hours in and around Kalamazoo. Dalton pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder over his attorney's objections, triggering a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole.
"I've wanted to do this for quite a while," Dalton told a judge. Also Read: Police officers panic as squirrel tries to break into police station After his arrest, police quoted Dalton as saying a "devil figure" on Uber's app was controlling him on the day of the shootings. He was found competent to stand trial and last week dropped an insanity defense.
The 48-year-old Dalton answered "yes" to a series of questions on Monday, admitting that he shot eight people at three locations. Also Read: Huge moose wanders in Alaska hospital Defense attorney Eusebio Solis said he advised Dalton not to plead guilty. But he said his client wanted to spare families more grief during a trial.
Prosecutor Jeff Getting said the motive is a "key question" that "haunts us."
"Everybody wants to know," he told reporters at a news conference.