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Posted on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 4:05 p.m.

I-96 corridor shootings suspect arraigned on 60 charges, denied bond

By Cindy Heflin

Raulie Casteel, the Wixom man suspected in the I-96 corridor shootings, was arraigned Friday on 60 counts in Oakland County, MLive and the Detroit Free Press reported.


Raulie Casteel as he appeared Friday.

The charges included nine counts of attempted murder, according to the Detroit Free Press.

District Judge Dennis N. Powers denied bond for the attempted murder charges, which include the possibility of life in prison, MLive reported.

Casteel appeared in court in Novi via video link from the Livingston County Jail.

The 60 felony counts Casteel was charged with Friday are related to 12 of the 24 shootings that occurred along the I-96 corridor since Oct. 16. Only one person was injured.

Casteel was arraigned Wednesday in Howell on charges of firing from an automobile, assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and three felony firearm possession charges.

Those charges stemmed from a shooting incident Oct. 18 in Livingston County.



Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 6:51 p.m.

Man and Crime : For most of us it will be rather easy to know and understand these charges, sixty and could be more felony counts. It is neither simple, nor easy to know and understand the man. It is my impression that our failure to know and understand the true or real nature of man is a contributing factor in preventing such criminal acts and behavior. The United States Constitution speaks about the pursuit of happiness and it is our duty to provide the tools to such pursuit. If people have to find happiness, we need a plan that can address the problems involved in keeping ourselves happy. There is no happiness until man experiences peace, harmony, and tranquility in his living condition.

Basic Bob

Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 3:18 p.m.

I'm glad they found some crime to charge him with. But 60 counts for 12 shootings, only one actually hit a person? It must have taken them hours just to read all the charges. Will these be served concurrently?


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

So, what happened to the police drawing of the bald-headed suspect? I doubt he grew a full head of hair in 2 weeks.

Oscar Lavista

Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 4:50 a.m.

Interesting that the authorities now seem to be using Instagram.


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 12:53 p.m.

I believe the photo is from his video arraignment, right?


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 3:23 a.m.

did they charge him for being over 40 and living with mommy? thats a crime in my book.


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 11:47 a.m.

Are you serious? There are probably a hundred reasons why he, and many other over 40 men, are "living with mommy". I can think of one - acting as the caregiver to a parent versus putting them in a nursing home. None of us know why this man was living with his mother, but your statement is totally without merit. I hope your mother is healthy and wealthy.


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 1:57 a.m.

Hmm, just a couple days ago, some were commenting sarcastically about the "few" and "weak" charges against the accused. Well, 60 charges including a number of attempted murder charges ought to clear up any doubts about the intentions and capabilities of our criminal legal system. :-) Maybe the authorities can talk to this guy and get his progression from stable okay student at a respected university (according to friends and classmates) to that of one who thinks nothing of firing repeatedly at randomly selected, innocent human targets. For one thing, I doubt his stated beliefs about the evil of our government and the necessity to "join the fight" against it just popped into his head -- someone or some organization... put those ideas there. Maybe it's just me - or has anyone else detected a repeating pattern with these shooters? Seems like every time we look, some guy has "read up on the facts" (aka, propaganda peddled by one source or another) and decided the ONLY response is to shoot a lot of people (whom he neither knows nor cares about). Just sayin' - that doesn't sound like mental illness, it sounds more like a reaction to fear-mongerng propaganda. Sick minds may be more vulnerable to this stuff - but this "stuff" is sprayed over us via mass media every day. Seems like, you know, maybe it's time to distinguish between legitimate free speech and insane inflammatory rhetoric. Certain kinds of "speech" are protected - but speech designed specifically to incite sick minds to kill definitely isn't. Let the propaganda perps beware.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 10:10 p.m.

Wow. It's nice to (allegedly) feel safe on 96 again. It's a bit difficult moving around without getting on the highway or near any of the places where shootings occurred. I hope they find a nice, warm, comfortable place to store this allegedly guilty man for a long time, assuming he is found guilty and so sentenced by the courts after careful consideration.