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LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) - 11 victims took the stand, speaking of their experience with the I-96 shooter. Raulie Casteel, who is charged with those crimes, silently listened from the courtroom as they recalled testimony.
As witnesses took the stand, remembering when their cars were shot at, they say that fear lingered long after being shot at.
"My kids didn't go nowhere til this guy was caught," rememberes Ronald Riggs, whose car was shot at. "They did not go nowhere. If we went somewhere, we took them to my mother in law's, which was right across the street."
"I wouldn't let my son get a drivers license," remembers another victim.
The prosecution made it a point to ask each victim about the reaction of their family members when they learned their loved ones had been shot at, specifically the victims' children.
"My oldest started bawling," remembers Neve Holzhaufen, another victim of the I-96 shooter. "My son was trying to console me, but I had more fear for him."
"You had real concern about your sond, did you?" asked the prosecution. "Yes, my son is my life," answered Holzhaufen.
Casteel's attorney chose not to cross-examine most victims and only questioned sparingly when they did. His trial is expected to last longer than usual while the long list of alleged victims take the stand and share their side of the story.
Casteel faces a number of charges from assault with intent to murder to terrorism. He pleaded "no contest but mentally ill" to related charges in Oakland County. Casteel is expected to be sentenced in Oakland County next week. If found guilty in Livingston County, he faces life in prison.