Accused I-96 Shooter To Begin Trial Tuesday

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

HOWELL (WILX)-- The accused I-96 shooter Raulie Casteel, will go to trial Tuesday facing multiple charges including terrorism.

No plea deal was made at his pre-trial conference Monday, moving the case to start jury selection Tuesday.

Casteel was arrested November 4th 2012 in connection to 24 shootings across five different counties. He's accused of shooting at vehicles on I-96 and other roads between October 16th- 27th 2012. One person was injured.

He did plead no contest, but mentally ill, in Oakland county in October 2013. He has yet to be sentenced in that case.

Sheriff Wriggelsworth of Ingham County believes Casteel and his attorneys should take a plea deal in Livingston county as well.

"What's the point of this other trial I guess I'm getting at. We'll see what happens tomorrow. If they go to trial then so be it, we're ready. What he did was terrorism," said Wriggelsworth.

At the pre-trial conference nothing was put on record, but behind closed doors Casteel's attorneys and the attorney generals office met to go over exhibits and jury instructions.

According to lead investigator Wixom Detective Ronald Moore, there are more than fifty possible witnesses that could be called during the trial from multi-jurisdictions.

The trial is expected to take anywhere from two-three weeks to finish. Casteel is charged with terrorism, assault with intent to murder, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, and discharging a weapon from a vehicle.
He faces up to life in prison.

We will be continuing to cover Raulie Casteel's trial as it progresses over the next few weeks. According to the attorney generals office, they are confident and fully prepared for the trial to begin.
Opening statements are expected to be made Wednesday afternoon or on Thursday depending on how quickly a jury is selected.


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