Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Tuesday that his office will lead the prosecution of I-96 shooting suspect, 43-year-old Raulie Casteel, of Wixom, for crimes police say he committed in three counties.
The case assignment to the AG's Criminal Division came at the request of of Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse, Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III and Shiawassee County Prosecutor Randy Colbry. Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper will continue to handle the case filed in that county.
"I believe it is beneficial for the prosecution of this case and for the convenience of the witnesses to have a single source of prosecution," Morse said in a press release. "It will provide a consistent approach to the case that is not possible with multiple jurisdictions handling multiple cases."
A total of 24 shootings took place between Oct. 16 and Oct. 27 in four counties: Livingston, Oakland, Ingham and Shiawassee.
[Take a look at our interactive map to see where all of the shootings occurred.]
Casteel was charged and arraigned in Livingston County with six counts related to a shooting incident on I-96 in Howell. The felony charges include: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Carrying a Firearm with Unlawful Intent and Discharging a Firearm from a Motor Vehicle.
Casteel is charged with 60 counts for incidents police say occurred in Oakland County.
Casteel has not yet been charged for incidents that occurred in Ingham and Shiawassee Counties. Schuette's Criminal Division will review evidence collected by the multi-jurisdictional task force and make a decision about what criminal charges should be filed, if any.
Casteel was taken into custody on Oct. 17 by Michigan State Police troopers. On Nov. 14, 2012, judges in Oakland County and Livingston County each ordered Casteel to undergo two separate competency and criminal responsibility tests to determine whether he is competent to stand trial in the respective counties.