Michigan Uber Driver Pleads Guilty to Murdering Six People

Michigan Uber Driver Pleads Guilty to Murdering Six People

An Uber driver accused of killing six people at random in a shooting spree in the USA state of MI in 2016 has pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder and firearms offences.

The 47-year-old shooter, Jason Brian Dalton, reportedly told police he saw a "devil figure" in the Uber app that forced him to commit the killings. Jason Dalton entered a surprise confession on Monday (US time), admitting to the shooting deaths of six people in a rampage in MI that spread across several hours on February 20th, 2016.

As he entered his guilty pleas, he told the court: "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.

Jason Dalton, 48, was charged with six counts of murder over the 2016 weekend shooting spree in and around Kalamazoo, in the U.S. state of MI.

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The shootings took place outside an apartment complex, restaurant and at a vehicle park. That victim was hospitalized. A father and son were shot dead at a auto dealership. The defendant faces six counts of murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, and eight counts of felony firearm.

After the shootings, Uber said Dalton cleared a background check and was approved to be a driver a month before the killings. Police also confirmed Dalton had no criminal record. "I said, 'We've considered that several times and rejected it.' And he wanted to have discussions in private with me". "And his response wasn't like you would expect, like a laugh".

Defense attorney Eusebio Solis said he advised Dalton not to plead guilty. Dalton was deemed competent to stand trial and he recently dropped an insanity plea, according to the Associated Press.

"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. "Doing this is best for the people of this community". Victims and victims' families will have a chance to address the court at that time, Getting said.

Families are scheduled to return to court for Dalton's sentencing on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

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