Suspected ‘Freeway Shooter’ To Go On Trial In 2014

LIVINGSTON COUNTY (CBSDETROIT) – A man charged with a series of shootings on and off I-96 a year ago will stand trial early next year in Livingston County.

A January 13th trial date was set during a court hearing Friday afternoon for 44-year old Raulie Casteel, charged in a shooting spree that targeted motorists on and around I-96 in four counties.

Casteel also faces attempted murder among 60 charges in Oakland County linked to shootings in Commerce Township and Wixom.

He is to stand trial in that case in November.

Raulie Casteel’s attorney Douglas Molkauf told a District Court judge that his client will not use an insanity defense.

But he does say Casteel suffers from “serious mental problems” and “delusional disorder.”

In January, Casteel was found competent to stand trial, charged in a shooting spree that targeted motorists on and around I-96 in four counties.

Casteel is charged with terrorism as well as assault with intent to murder — both life felonies.

In October of 2012, during the height of the freeway shooting incidents, a $12,000 reward was offered as investigators from local and state police agencies worked to catch the person suspected of firing shots on at least 22 cars in Michigan.

Casteel remains jailed on $2 million bond.


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