Defendant in freeway shootings expected to testify

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

HOWELL, Mich. A man charged with firing a gun randomly at vehicles along Interstate 96 in Michigan is expected to testify in his own defense.

That could come on Monday, when Raulie Casteel's lawyers have an opportunity to begin their defense of the 44-year-old at his trial in Howell.

Casteel is contesting terrorism and assault charges in connection with the two-dozen shootings in October 2012. Police say they matched his gun to bullet fragments recovered from victims' vehicles in four counties.

Casteel's lawyer has said his client wasn't trying to hurt anyone. The trial is in Livingston County Circuit Court.

Casteel last year pleaded no contest but mentally ill to related charges in Oakland County and is to be sentenced on Thursday.


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