Man denied murder charge appeal in Kalamazoo bike crash case

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 11:40:29-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP/FOX 17) — The Michigan Supreme Court has decided against hearing an appeal of murder charges against a man involved in a crash that killed and injured multiple bicyclists.

Wednesday’s order by the state’s highest court means the case against Charles Pickett, Jr. will move toward a possible trial.  You can read the order by clicking here.

Pickett is accused of driving under the influence of drugs and plowing into a group of bicyclists in Cooper Township on June 7, 2016, killing five and injuring four. His girlfriend told police he downed handfuls of pain pills and muscle relaxers before driving.

Pickett’s lawyer has argued that the evidence wasn’t enough to send Pickett to trial for second-degree murder. He said the evidence established, at most, the elements of reckless driving causing death.