This story originally was published April 19, 2016.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- A Kalamazoo man accused of killing six people and wounding two others in a February shooting rampage will return to court Friday for an update on his competency exam.
Jason Dalton, 45, is set to appear before Judge Tiffany Ankley at 11 a.m. in the 8th District Court in Kalamazoo, court officials confirmed.
Dalton, who was an Uber driver, is charged with six counts of murder and two counts of assault with intent to murder in the case and is undergoing a mental evaluation before a preliminary examination can be held in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court.
In a series of interviews with police in the hours after the Feb. 20 shootings, Dalton blamed the killings on the Uber app, saying his iPhone directed him where to go and when to shoot people. Dalton said he would have gotten in a shootout with police when he was arrested, but the app directed him not to.
Dalton is accused of shooting people at three locations across the Kalamazoo area the evening of Feb. 20, in between picking up passengers as an Uber driver. A Kalamazoo County sheriff's deputy arrested Dalton shortly after midnight on Feb. 21.
Dalton told police that earlier that Saturday when he opened up the Uber ride service app, a symbol, which he believed was the Eastern Star, popped up. Dalton said the symbol resembled a devil's head and "that's when all the problems started."
"Dalton described the devil figure as a horned cow head or something like that and then it would give you an assignment and it would literally take over your whole body," according to police reports released to the Free Press by the Kalamazoo City Attorney’s Office.
His wife, Carole Dalton, told investigators with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office that he had told her a different story. She said he told her that day that he was having problems with a jealous taxi driver who'd shot at him, and that she should stay away from their home unless she was armed, according to sheriff's reports also released Monday.
Dalton told police he experienced "a full body takeover" during the shooting spree and expressed concern about being placed in the general population at the jail because of what he did.
"I asked Dalton what made him get his gun tonight and he said the Uber app made him," an investigator said in the reports.