The Latest: Man charged in 6 deaths will have mental exam

The latest in the criminal case against a man accused of fatally shooting six people last month in the Kalamazoo, Michigan, area (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

A man accused of killing six people during a series of random shootings in Michigan last month will undergo a mental competency exam, delaying the criminal case until May.

Online court records show that a request made by Jason Dalton's attorney for the exam was granted Thursday during a conference with a judge and a prosecutor. The next court hearing is set for May 10.

Dalton is charged with murder and attempted murder in the Feb. 20 attacks. Police say the 45-year-old shot people outside an apartment building, a restaurant and a car dealership in between driving people for Uber.

Investigators say he didn't know the victims, and a motive hasn't been disclosed. Two other people were shot but survived.


8:30 a.m.

A judge is set to meet with lawyers to lay out procedural steps in the murder case against a southwestern Michigan man charged with randomly killing six people.

The conference Thursday comes a week before Jason Dalton faces an important hearing to determine if there's enough evidence to send him to trial in Kalamazoo County.

Prosecutor Jeff Getting says the discussion with Dalton's lawyer and a judge won't be open to reporters. But he's planning to speak to the news media when it ends.

The 45-year-old Dalton is charged with murder and attempted murder. Six people were killed on Feb. 20 — four outside a restaurant and a father and son at a car dealership. Two people who survived are in fair condition at a hospital.