Dalton trial moving forward, prosecution will not challenge suppressed confession

Jason Dalton's trial is expected to begin in January of 2018. (WWMT File)

The Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office said Friday it will not appeal the Michigan Court of Appeals decision to suppress statements made by Jason Dalton to police when he was arrested in connection with a shooting spree across the county.

Prosecutors said they made the decision after discussing it with the victims, their families and law enforcement. While while they disagree with the decision, prosecutors said, they've determined justice is best served by bringing the case to trial without the delay caused by an appeal. Judge Alexander Lipsey has scheduled jury selection for Jan. 3-4, 2019, and opening statements are scheduled to follow the next Monday.

Laurie Smith, wife and mother of victims, said, “I'm glad to hear that it's finally going to get started, I guess I'll believe it when I actually see it, because we thought the trial was set before and it wasn't, so I'm not getting my hopes up.”

Dalton is accused of killing six people and injuring two others in a shooting spree across Kalamazoo County in February of 2016.

While we respectfully disagree with the ruling of the Court of Appeals, we have determined that the interests of justice would best be served by bringing this matter to trial without further delay.

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