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KALAMAZOO . Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man charged with killing six strangers between picking up rides for Uber pleaded guilty to murder on Monday .
Jason Dalton’s surprise move came more than three years after the shootings . which occurred over the course of a few hours in and around Kalamazoo . Dalton, the father of two children, had worked as an insurance adjuster and had no previous criminal record before the shootings.
“Yes, I’ve wanted this for quite a while,” Dalton replied when a judge asked if the pleas were voluntary.
The 48-year-old Dalton answered “yes” to a series of questions, admitting that he shot eight people at three locations. After his arrest,”Everybody wants to know,” he said during a news conference after the court hearing.
Police quoted Dalton as saying a “devil figure” on Uber’s app was controlling him on the day of the shootings.
Dorothy “Judy” Brown, Mary Lou Nye and her sister-in-law, Mary Jo Nye. Rich Smith and his 17-year-old son,Tyler Smith, were fatally shot while looking at a pickup truck in a dealer’s lot.
Abigail Kopf, who was 14 at the time, was shot in the head during the restaurant shooting and survived. Tiana Carruthers was injured in a residential area.
Dalton had been deemed competent to stand trial and last week dropped an insanity defense. In court,
Prosecutor Jeff Getting said the motive behind the shootings is a question that “haunts us.”
Defense attorney Eusebio Solis said he advised Dalton not to plead guilty.”But in speaking to Mr. Dalton, there are reasons” for the plea, Solis told Judge Alexander Lipsey. “