Uber Driver Murders 6 Riders in One Day

An Uber driver admitted to murdering six strangers over the course of one day between rides. In a Kalamazoo, Michigan courtroom Monday, Jason Dalton, 48, told a judge: ‘I’ve wanted to do this for quite a while.’ Dalton admitted to shooting Tiana Carruthers, 25, in a parking lot on February 20, 2016 – then admitted to gunning down father and son Rich, 53, and Tyler Smith, 17, later that night in a different parking lot.

He then gunned down Mary Lou Nye, 62, Mary Jo Nye, 60, Dorothy “Judy” Brown, 74, and Barbara Hawthorne, 68, in a restaurant parking lot – where he also shot a 14-year-old girl who survived. In between killings, Dalton picked up other Uber fares who he did not kill

In court, Dalton answered ‘yes’ to a series of questions, admitting that he shot eight people, six of which died, at three locations in February 2016. Dalton used a 9mm handgun in she shootings, according to Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Getting.

There was no sentencing agreements that hinged on Dalton’s guilty pleas. He faces a mandatory life sentence in prison for each of his first-degree murder convictions.
FILE - In this April 20, 2017 file photo, defendant Jason Dalton, left, who is charged with killing six people in-between picking up riders for Uber, stands with attorney Eusebio Solis during a hearing in Kalamazoo, Mich. Jury selection will begin on Jan. 3, 2019 after a prosecutor said he won't appeal a decision that keeps a lid on parts of a police interview. Kalamazoo County prosecutor Jeff Getting says it's time to bring the "matter to trial without further delay." The shootings occurred more than two years ago. (Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP, File)

 

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