Dalton Trial Delayed Again

Mar 22, 2018

Video screen view of Jason Dalton at his arraignment in 2016
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The trial for accused Kalamazoo mass-shooter Jason Dalton faces another delay. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that the Michigan Supreme Court has sent the case back to the state Court of Appeals.

The order released Wednesday, March 21, means the Appeals Court must hear the case after refusing to do so last year. That triggered an appeal by Dalton's attorney. The defense asked the Appeals Court to overturn a ruling by Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge Alexander Lipsey, who will conduct the trial. He ruled that some, but not all, of the statements Dalton made after his arrest can be admitted as evidence. Dalton's attorney says that's unconstitutional.

Dalton is accused of shooting six people to death in February 2016 and seriously injuring two others while he drove around town picking up Uber rides. His attorney has indicated that he'll use a defense of insanity. Dalton was ruled competent to stand trial in April 2016 after a state psychiatric exam.

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