Michigan AG's office to prosecute highway shooting suspect
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DETROIT, MI (WNEM/AP) -
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office will prosecute a man suspected in a shooting spree that targeted motorists in four counties last month.
Raulie Casteel, 43, of Wixom, remains behind bars in connection to the case and currently faces charges in Livingston and Oakland counties.
The assignment of the case to the Attorney General, which spans four counties to date, came at the request of the three prosecutors. The Oakland County Prosecutor will continue to handle the case filed in that county.
"Already, local, state and federal authorities have come together to protect the public, and this prosecution is a continuation of that cooperation," said Schuette. "I look forward to working with my colleagues from Ingham, Livingston, and Shiawassee counties to bring these cases to a close."
Schuette's office will lead the prosecution of Casteel in the Livingston case. The Oakland County prosecutor's office will continue to handle the 60 counts Casteel faces in connection with shootings in Wixom and Commerce Township. The felony charges include: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Carrying a Firearm with Unlawful Intent and Discharging a Firearm from a Motor Vehicle.
The attorney general's office says its criminal division will review evidence collected by a multi-jurisdictional task force and decide whether to bring charges related to shootings in Ingham and Shiawassee counties.
Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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