Kalamazoo suspect’s wife: No marital problems

The Detroit News

Kalamazoo — When the wife of a man accused of killing six people filed for divorce Thursday, some wondered whether marital problems played a role in the shooting Feb 20.


The wife’s attorney said Monday they did not.

Paul Vlachos, who represents Carole Dalton, said she and Jason Dalton weren’t having any financial or other problems at the time of the shooting.

Vlachos said Carole Dalton was just as shocked as everyone else about what her husband allegedly did. “We’re all looking for an answer. I wish we had one,” he said.

Jason Dalton is charged with shooting eight people, killing six, in three incidents over a five-hour period on Feb. 20. Law enforcement officials say they have no idea what prompted the shooting spree.

The divorce filing says little beyond there being a breakdown in the marriage with little likelihood it can be preserved.

The couple have been married for 20 years. They have a 15-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl.

Over the weekend, funerals and memorial services were held for the six victims who died: Mary Lou Nye, 62, of Baroda; Richard Smith, 53, and his son Tyler, 17, of Mattawan; and Mary Jo Nye, 60; Dorothy “Judy” Brown, 74, and Barbara Hawthorne, 68, all of Battle Creek.

The family of one of the victims who survived, Abigail Kopf, 14, of Battle Creek, were heartened to learn she is breathing on her own at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, the family posted Sunday on Facebook.

Dalton faces 16 charges, including six counts of open murderA preliminary exam conference is set for Thursday in Kalamazoo District Court.