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Tue January 14, 2014
Highway shooter on trial in Livingston County
Jury selection began today in the trial of a man charged with a series of shootings on and around Interstate 96.
Raulie Casteel, 44, is on trial in Livingston County Circuit Court in Howell.
The state attorney general's office is prosecuting him on terrorism and other charges.
In an effort not to taint the jury pool, attorneys are questioning each prospective juror individually at the judge's bench.
Casteel pleaded no-contest last November to related charges in Oakland County and is awaiting a sentence.
The unemployed geologist is suspected of two dozen random shootings in four counties in late 2012.
Police say they matched his gun to bullet fragments recovered from victims' vehicles. No one was seriously hurt.
Defense attorney Douglas Mullkoff has said Casteel told a psychologist that he was “being watched, monitored and harassed by military aircraft,” and the cars that he shot symbolized people who were following him.
Judge David Reader ruled the defense could not present an expert to testify that Casteel suffers from a mental disorder, because the defense failed to file a notice of its intention to claim insanity as required.