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Accused I-96 Shooter Confesses He Never Meant To Kill People

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HOWELL, Mich. (WLNS) - A regretful Raulie Casteel testified in his own trial Monday morning and he said he regrets his actions. The accused I-96 shooter said he is suffering from mental health problems.

Casteel confessed he never meant to kill people, he was just shooting at cars. "At the time, I can't say I had any thoughts about murder. It was never my intent to murder anyone," he told the court.

"I saw this long line of traffic, anxiety set in, far, and I shot," he said.

Back in 2010 when Casteel lived in Kentucky, he recalls: "[I] believed my telephone calls were being monitored." He said he dealt with paranoia at the time and believed army helicopters were flying over his Kentucky home.

"They would hover above the rooftop in what seemed like an attack on the house," said Casteel.

Casteel remembers the paranoia setting in again when he was driving in Michigan. Along busy highways Casteel said he felt as though oncoming traffic was coming at him. "I felt like people were following me, my wife, my daughter, wherever we went," said Casteel. He testified while watching Tigers baseball games, he believed the announcers had instructed him to shoot at cars through secret messages.

Casteel said his intent was not to do harm to drivers, but to "shoot at the vehicle." 

"To my way of thinking at the time [the shooting] was to get rid of the demons, so to speak. It was those thoughts - the fear, the anxiety," said Casteel.

Last week, several expert witnesses took the stand, including forensic experts and a variety of law enforcement officials. They focused on the shootings and the amount of resources police agencies put into investigating them.

Casteel is accused of shooting at two dozen vehicles along the I-96 corridor back in 2012. Closing arguments are expected Tuesday at 9a.m.


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