Casteel Jurors Send Second Note to Judge
Jurors in the trial of the man suspected of being the so-called "highway shooter" are asking a judge again to hear the Wixom man's testimony again.
According to the Lansing State Journal, Livingston County Circuit Judge David Reader originally told jurors to rely "on their collective memories" when discussing what Raulie Casteel said while on the stand on Monday. But after receiving another note, the judge reconsidered. Jurors say their "notes" of his testimony varied significantly and the best way to reach a fair verdict would be to allow them to listen his answers yet again.
Casteel testified for two hours in which he said he was delusional back in the fall of 2012 and received coded messages that told him to go on the shooting spree. In all, twenty four vehicles were hit along the I-96 corridor in a four-county area.
The trial in Livingston County deals with only three of the jurisdications and is being prosecutored by the State Attorney General's office.
Casteel claimed he is on medication now and realizes his thoughts back then were due to anxiety and paranoia. He also claimed he never intended to hurt or kill anyone. The statements could be key in what the jury decides on at least one count against him--assault with intent to commit murder.
Prosecutors are pushing for Casteel to be convicted of terrorism as well. A conviction on that charge could send him to prison for a number of years.