KALAMAZOO, MI (WLNS) – Emotional, intense, bizarre and horrific, those are just a few of the words you could use to describe Friday’s hearing. A judge is trying to decide if the man charged with killing six people and wounding two others in the rampage back in February is fit to stand trial.
Is Jason Dalton competent to stand trial?
That’s the question a judge had to answer Friday.
Tiana Carruthers was one of the eight people prosecutors say he shot that night and one of only two who survived.
She was walking with her daughter and four other kids that night when suddenly she was shot four times.
Carruthers told the judge how she tried desperately to crawl under a nearby car, but could not move.
She says people came out to help her after the shots stopped and all she wanted to know was if the kids were safe.
“The lady and the man told me that they had the children and that they were okay ’cause I wouldn’t even respond if they were okay until I knew if that the kids were okay,” Carruthers said in court, in between sobs.
Dalton say just feet away from Carruthers as she struggled to tell her story.
Then Dalton began to ramble out loud.
A judge reminds him that he is not to speak out during the hearing, but just hearing his voice was too much for Tiana Carruthers.
You can’t see it from this angle, but Dalton made a sudden movement, one that sent Carruthers shrieking into sobs.
Dalton was dragged out of the courtroom, struggling the entire way.
He spent the rest of the day watching the hearing in his cell.
After hearing more testimony, the judge ruled Dalton will stand trial.
6 News will be here for you with updates on the trial every step of the way, so stay with us for our continuing coverage.