Judge denies defense motion to suppress Dalton statements to MSP
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Former Uber driver Jason Dalton appeared in front of a judge Thursday.
That judge ruled that two police interviews conducted after Dalton’s arrest can be used at his trial.
Both the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) and Michigan State Police interviewed Dalton. The judge decided that all of the MSP interview can be used at the trial, but just part of the KDPS interview will be allowed.
“The defendant clearly indicated a reluctance to talk,” said Judge Alexander Lipsey. “The department of public safety continued to make inquiry into what was motivating the defendant to engage in the conduct he was being accused of. I believe there was a substantial inquiry into if the defendant would confess to any of the actions that were engaged in on that date.”
The ruling comes after a motion by Dalton’s defense attorney. The defense is arguing that information police got from Dalton in two different interrogations spanning seven hours violates his rights.
A hearing was held last week, a KDPS detective and a Michigan State Police detective who interviewed Dalton each testified. Both said that Dalton would say he didn’t want to talk, and then continue to give information.
Judge Lipsey felt that some of the information taken by KDPS should be suppressed for protection.
While Dalton’s attorney declined to comment on the ruling, the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office is happy with the outcome.
“We are happy to use the inculpatory statement of the defendants that were made the Michigan State Police against them in trial,” said Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting.
Jury selection for Dalton’s trial is scheduled for the first week of June, the trial itself is to start in the second week of June.
The prosecutor says they plan to call upwards of 30 witnesses.