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Man suspected in highway shootings charged with 6 felony counts

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LIVINGSTON COUNTY (WJRT) -

(11/07/12) - The man suspected in a series of roadways shootings, mostly along the I-96 corridor, has been charged in Livingston County. 

Raulie Casteel, 43, now faces six felony counts connected to an Oct. 18 shooting incident in Howell Township. A female was driving and uninjured.  The shooting was reported as happening on westbound I-96, west of mile marker 135, about 2:40 p.m.

Casteel was formally charged, by video, late Wednesday afternoon. 

Two attorneys, Doug Mullkoff and Charles Groh, have been retained by Casteel's wife. She, Casteel's father, stepmother and sister were in court. After the brief hearing, Mullkoff said they would not be commenting on the allegations.

Casteel is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, discharge of a weapon from a vehicle and three counts of felony firearm.

He is being held on $2 million bond in the Livingston County Jail. The maximum is seven years in prison if convicted as charged, according to Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse.

Investigators say they intend to seek additional charges in Oakland County next and potentially also in Ingham and Shiawassee counties. Federal charges could be issued as well.

Mullkoff indicated, during Casteel's hearing, that family members indicated there may be a history of mental illness. 

Mullkoff says Casteel has been married 11 years, has no criminal history and recently moved to Michigan from Kentucky.  

A yearbook picture posted online shows he graduated from St. Johns High School, in Clinton County, in 1987. 

An online resume shows Casteel attended Michigan State University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree (Geo-Sciences) in 1997. 

Casteel returned to MSU in 1999 and completed graduate level course work in advanced microbiology and hydrogeology, according to the resume.

He was arrested at his Wixom home Monday night. He is suspected in two dozen shootings - spanning through Oakland, Livingston, Shiawassee and Ingham counties. One driver was injured.

David McCain, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Detroit Field Office, praised the public.  Thousands of tips have been called in since a task force was formed mid-October. 

Authorities declined to comment on what specific information first led them to Casteel. Police have said they recently interviewed one of the victims again. 

McCain said they are confident they have the man responsible for these shootings. 

Morse says investigators are looking into whether Casteel has an alibi during times when some of the shootings occurred.

Casteel has another court hearing scheduled, in Livingston County, later this month.

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