Judge: Kalamazoo Rampage Suspect Fit to Stand Trial

Jason Dalton declared mentally competent
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2016 1:24 PM CDT
Jason Brian Dalton enters the courtroom on Friday, in Kalamazoo, Mich.   (Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

(Newser) – The former Uber driver accused of killing six people during a shooting rampage in Kalamazoo has been cleared to stand trial. A judge ruled Friday that Jason Dalton is mentally competent after she received the results of a psychological exam that found he understands the charges and can assist with his defense. As the Detroit News notes, the exam only declares him mentally fit now and does not prevent him from claiming he was temporarily insane at the time of the shooting spree in February. In a press conference after Friday's competency hearing, the county prosecutor said no plea deal will be offered to Dalton, WOOD-TV reports. (Read more Jason Dalton stories.)

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