Defendant in freeway shootings to testify

HOWELL (AP) -- A man charged with firing his gun randomly at vehicles along Interstate 96 in Michigan is expected to testify in his own defense Monday.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus and WHMI-FM report the plans by 44-year-old Raulie Casteel's defense lawyers. The trial continued Wednesday with testimony from law enforcement investigators.

Casteel is contesting terrorism and assault charges in connection with the two dozen shootings in October 2012. Police say they matched his gun to bullet fragments recovered from victims' vehicles in four counties.

Casteel's lawyer has said his client wasn't trying to hurt anyone. The trial is in Livingston County Circuit Court in Howell.

Casteel pleaded no contest in November to related charges in Oakland County and is awaiting sentencing.

Published: Fri, Jan 24, 2014

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