Competency exam ordered for Roadway Shooting suspect

Published On: Nov 14 2012 11:38:32 AM EST
Updated On: Nov 14 2012 01:57:52 PM EST

The man charged in connection to a series of roadway shootings in Michigan was ordered to undergo a competency exam in court on Wednesday.

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The man charged in connection with a series of roadway shooting across four Michigan counties has been ordered to undergo a competency exam.

43-year-old Raulie Casteel appeared in a Livingston County courtroom Wednesday morning.

Watch: Casteel ordered to undergo competency exam

The courtroom appearance lasted less than 5 minutes. During that time the Judge Dennis Powers ruled that Casteel must undergo competency and criminal responsibility test within the next 14 days. The Judge, and not Casteel's attorney's, raised the competency issue.

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Casteel is scheduled to be in a Howell courtroom for charges related to a Livingston County shooting later on Wednesday.

The shootings began Oct. 16 and stretched from Oakland County west to Ingham County. The targets mostly were cars traveling on roads near Interstate 96. Only a handful of shootings actually occurred on the interstate. In all, 24 shootings were reported to police.

Casteel first was charged for an Oct. 18 shooting on Interstate 96 in Howell. He most recently was charged with intent to murder, among other charges, in connection to shootings in Oakland County.

Police had said they were looking for a man in his late 20s or early 30s driving a dark car. They put out a sketch of him.

Police were urging people to stick to their routines, but the shootings caused some anxious drivers to avoid their usual routes. Authorities said they received 2,800 tips in their hunt for the gunman and a $102,000 reward was being offered for information.

Casteel was arraigned on 60 felony charges in Oakland County

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