Updated: Livingston County Delays Setting Trial Date for Accused I-96 Shooter; Awaiting Forensic Exam Results
Raulie Wayne Casteel had a preliminary examination in Novi on Wednesday morning and appeared in a Livingston County courtroom a few hours later.
Livingston County has delayed setting a pre-trial date in the case of Raulie Wayne Casteel, who is accused of several felonies in connection with shooting incidents along the I-96 corridor, until the completion of competency exams ordered by the 52-1 District Court in Novi on Wednesday morning.
Based on events in the 52-1 District Court earlier Wednesday, Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse said his office will hold off on proceeding until the competency test is complete.
The Wednesday morning pretrial for Raulie Wayne Casteel lasted just a few minutes, in which Judge Brian W. MacKenzie ordered a forensic review for Casteel's competency and criminal responsibility.
MacKenzie said he had already spoken with the prosecutor and judge's council in the chambers and was ordering the forensic exam over the defense's objection.
He also is asking that the forensic exam be expedited.
Casteel, 43, of Wixom, has been charged with 60 felonies in Oakland County, including multiple counts of assault with intent to commit murder, in connection with the shootings that happened on Oct. 16 in Wixom.
A total of 24 shootings took place between Oct. 16-27 that spanned four counties: Livingston, Oakland, Ingham and Shiawassee.
Casteel is being held on a $2 million bond and facing six counts in connection with the shooting on westbound I-96, near mile marker 135 in Howell in Livingston County.