Judge Mulls Whether To Allow Uber Gunman’s Comments


A Kalamazoo judge is considering whether to allow statements at trial made by an Uber driver accused of fatally shooting six strangers in between picking up riders. Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Alexander Lipsey said Thursday that he would rule by April 20 after hearing arguments.
Police have quoted the suspect, Jason Dalton, as saying a “devil figure” on Uber’s app was controlling him on the night of the shootings around Kalamazoo.

Dalton’s attorney wants the statements suppressed, saying investigators violated his client’s rights against self-incrimination. Prosecutors say Dalton waived his Fifth Amendment rights when he started a conversation about the police investigation. Dalton faces murder, assault with intent to murder and gun charges in the February 20, 2016, shootings that also wounded two people. One victim was from Berrien County, and two others were from Mattawan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.