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I-96 shooter suspect found competent to stand trial

Livingston County Sheriff's Department

For 11 days in October, people along the I-96 corridor were on high alert as motorists experienced a rash of shootings. Remarkably 0nly one person was wounded.

Police nabbed the man they say was responsible for the shootings, and today 43 year-old Raulie Casteel was found to be fit to stand trial in Livingston Co.

Casteel faces a separate set of charges in Oakland County, and the Attorney General's office brought a terrorism charge against him.

Casteel's defense lawyers say he is college-educated with no criminal history.

The Detroit News reports that Casteel's relatives say he has a history of mental health problems.

In November, judges in Oakland and Livingston counties each ordered Casteel to undergo two separate competency and criminal responsibility tests to determine whether he is competent to stand trial in the respective counties.

A competency hearing is scheduled for Casteel in Oakland County this Thursday. The findings are expected to be the same.

If he's convicted, Casteel faces a potential sentence of life in prison.


Mark Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
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