Court denies the motion of murder against cyclists in the death

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A motorist accused of killing five cyclists and the wounding of four others in the southwestern part of Michigan will stand trial on second degree murder charges.

A Kalamazoo County Circuit court has denied Charles Pickett, Jr. the motion to reverse an earlier ruling that allowed the murder to the charges.

The court also denied Pickett’s efforts to suppress the statements he made to the police about the crash.

The nine cyclists were hit June 7, 2016, by a pick-up along a rural road in Cooper Township.

Pickett is also charged with driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death and serious injuries.

A state police scientist has said Pickett’s blood tests after the crash showed drugs, including painkillers and methamphetamine.

An April 24 trial is planned.

The Associated Press left messages Thursday seeking comment from Pickett’s lawyers.

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