kalamazoo shooting

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County intends to help fund a study of the law enforcement response to February’s mass shooting. The proposal passed 6-5 at a commission meeting Tuesday evening.

The county will pay about $30,000 – that’s roughly half the total cost - to commission an analysis of the crime from the DC-based nonprofit the Police Foundation.

Mark Bugnaski / MLive

Lawyers for the man accused in the mass shooting in Kalamazoo earlier this year say they’ll argue in court that their client is insane. Jason Dalton’s defense told a Circuit Court judge of their intentions during in a closed pre-trial conference Monday.

Dalton is accused of killing six people and seriously wounding two others in February. After his arrest he told police the ride-sharing app Uber had possessed him. Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says given the evidence that Dalton carried out the shootings, the defense’s decision doesn’t surprise him.

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- A June 6 court date has been set in the case of Jason Brian Dalton, the Uber driver charged with a shooting rampage that left six people dead and two seriously injured Feb. 20 at three locations in Kalamazoo County. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

Robbie Feinberg/WMUK

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School Professor Tonya Krause-Phelan says it’s not uncommon for someone to plead insanity. But she says it’s rare for a jury return a verdict of “not guilty by reason of insanity.” 


A Kalamazoo County District judge says there's enough evidence to send mass shooting suspect Jason Brian Dalton to trial in Circuit Court.

The ruling came Friday after a hearing where Dalton had to be removed after an outburst. He's accused of fatally shooting six people and seriously wounding two more as he drove around Kalamazoo February 20.