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Raulie Wayne Casteel, 43, who faces seven counts including terrorism, was scheduled to appear before Judge Carol Sue Reader on Monday afternoon, but that appearance was canceled when he decided to waive a preliminary exam and send his case straight to Circuit Court for trial.
No new court dates were immediately set.
Casteel’s attorney Charles Groh said the waiver “is all part of what’s going on.” He declined to elaborate, but did mention that the criminal responsibility exams ordered by both Oakland and Livingston county judges in February are still pending.
When asked how Casteel is doing in jail, Groh replied: “Like anyone who has been incarcerated for months. He’s surviving.”
Assistant Attorney General Gregory Townsend, who is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Michigan attorney general’s office, declined to comment.
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Casteel is charged in Livingston and Oakland counties in connection with 24 shootings, three of which occurred on I-96 in Livingston County and the rest along trunk lines and side streets in Oakland, Ingham and Shiawassee counties. The shootings took place from Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 27. One person was injured.
Police allege Casteel randomly fired a handgun from his vehicle at motorists along the I-96 corridor.
Casteel has been found competent to stand trial. However, his attorney Douglas Mullkoff has said the forensic psychological exam revealed that Casteel suffers from delusional disorder.
In Livingston County, Casteel also is charged with assault with intent to murder, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, discharging a weapon from a vehicle and multiple counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony for shooting at motorists along the I-96 corridor. He faces up to life in prison.
In Oakland County, Casteel faces 60 counts including assault with intent to murder and several felony weapons charges. He returns to Oakland County Circuit Court on April 4 for a pretrial hearing.
Contact Daily Press & Argus reporter Lisa Roose-Church at 517-552-2846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her @LisaRooseChurch on Twitter.