A Michigan Uber driver accused of murdering six foreigners between two banknotes pleaded guilty Monday, shortly before the jury was summoned to a pre-trial interview, the source said. Associated press.
Jason Dalton, 48, ignored the advice of his lawyer: trigger a mandatory life sentence without parole, in an unexpected move more than three years after the shooting that occurred a few hours ago. Kalamazoo and the surrounding area. .
"I wanted to do that for a long time," Dalton told a judge.
After his arrest, Dalton told police that a "devil character" on Uber's application was controlling him on the day of the shooting. That said, he was found fit to stand trial last week and abandoned a defense of insanity.
Dalton, 48, answered "yes" to a series of questions on Monday, acknowledging that he killed eight people in three different places. Four women were killed in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant, while a man and his 17-year-old son were shot dead while they were looking at cars at a vendor's.
A 14-year-old girl was shot in the head during the shooting at the restaurant, but she survived. Another woman was injured in a residential area. –Associated press
Eusebio Solis, Dalton's attorney, said that he had advised his client not to plead guilty, but that Dalton wanted to spare families more grief at a lawsuit.
"I have been practicing law for 30 years and have never pleaded for life in prison without parole," Solis told the court.
Dalton, a father of two, had no criminal record and worked as an adjuster.
According to gun owner Jon Southwick, Dalton bought a jacket with a special pocket designed to hold a firearm a few hours before the unleashing. He stated that Uber's driver was "laughing and joking" and had made a "one-arm hug" in front of the manager just before the purchase.