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.