Hearing set for Michigan Uber driver charged with 6 murders

Victim of Uber Driver Now Breathing On Her Own
Victim of Uber Driver Now Breathing On Her Own

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Reuters) -- A court hearing is scheduled on Thursday for the Michigan Uber driver charged with murdering six people last month in a shooting spree in the southwestern part of the state.

Jason Dalton, 45, is charged with shooting eight people, killing six of them, in a five-hour period on Feb. 20 in between driving customers for the Uber car service in Kalamazoo, Michigan, about 150 miles (240 km) west of Detroit.

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His probable cause hearing, to be held at the Kalamazoo County 8th District Court, will not be open to the public, but Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Getting will speak to reporters afterward. Dalton faces 16 charges, including six of murder that can bring life in prison.

Dalton's attorney, Eusebio Solis, could not be reached for comment.

Getting's office said in a statement that Thursday's hearing is a discussion between the attorneys to determine whether the preliminary examination will be held on March 10. No testimony or evidence will be presented in court on Thursday.

Dalton is being held in Kalamazoo County Jail. Bail was denied last week after a court hearing in which a detective testified that Dalton admitted to the shooting rampage.

A lawyer for Dalton's wife, Carole, said Jason Dalton had been depressed in the days before the shooting spree, but offered no further explanation. Dalton's family previously said they were devastated by the news and saddened for the victims and their survivors.

Carole Dalton subsequently filed for divorce. The couple have been married since 1995 and have a 15-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter.

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