Day Two of Casteel Jury Selection
More questioning today in a Livingston County courtroom as prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Raulie Casteel case try to seat a jury. At issue is finding jurors who are unaware of the high profile case or those who can put aside what they've heard or read and base their verdict only on testmony presented.
The 44 year old Casteel, identified as an unemployed geologist from Wixom, is facing a number of charges in connection with two dozen highway shootings in October, 2012. The case generated national headlines when law enforcement officers from all over Michigan had to be staked along the I-96 corridor after reports that someone was targeting unsuspecting motorists.
Some say they even avoided the interstate out of fear, choosing to take other routes to their destination or not go at all. A task force was formed to review evidence of the crimes. Bullet fragments recovered from some of the victims' cars showed a match. A tip called into authorities then connected the dots for officials and Casteel was arrested.
Attorney General Bill Schuette is handling prosecution of the the cases which occured in Ingham, Livingston and Shiawassee Counties. Casteel is facing attempted murder and terrorism charges and could face life in prison if convicted. The trial is expected to last through next month..