An Uber driver, who once claimed the devil controlled him through the ride-hailing app, pleaded guilty Monday to killing six people in a murderous rampage on the eve of his trial.
In a surprise move, Jason Dalton admitted to shooting eight people, two of whom survived, between fares in the Kalamazoo, Mich., area in February 2016.
The 48-year-old driver was in court on the final day of jury selection for his upcoming trial, when he unexpectedly confessed.
“I’ve wanted to do this for quite a while,” Dalton told Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Alexander Lipsey. He then pleaded guilty to six counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, and now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On Feb. 20, 2016, Dalton gunned down unsuspecting victims at three spots around the city — including a restaurant and a car dealership — in between picking up customers for rides.
After the shooting spree, Dalton told cops the Uber app had turned him into Satan’s “puppet” and chosen his victims for him, according to police. He claimed a “devil figure” had made him do it by sending him messages though the app.
A few months later, Dalton went berserk in a Kalamazoo courtroom — ranting inexplicably about “black bags” — and was dragged off by officers as a witness burst into tears.