Charles Pickett

Charles Pickett Jr., 50, faces five counts of second-degree murder for bicyclists that died in a crash on June 7 2016 in Kalamazoo, and four counts of reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function for bicyclists injured in the crash. He could face up to life in prison if convicted of murder. The reckless driving counts are punishable by up to five years in prison. The second-degree murder counts allege Pickett ... did with intent to kill, to do great bodily harm, or to act in wanton and wilfull disregard of the likelihood that the natural tendency of said act would cause death or great bodily harm kill each of the five bicyclists who died. It does not allege premeditation. The reckless driving causing serious impairment counts allege Pickett ... in wanton or wilfull disregard for the safety of person or property and by the operation of that vehicle did cause serious impairment of a body function to the four bicyclists who were injured. Killed were Debra Ann Bradley, 53, of Augusta; Melissa Ann Fevig Hughes, 42, of Augusta; Fred Anton 'Tony' Nelson, 73, of Kalamazoo; Lorenz John 'Larry' Paulik, 74, of Kalamazoo and Suzanne Joan Sippel, 56, of Augusta. Four people were seriously injured. They are Paul Douglas Gobble, 47, Sheila Diane Jeske, 53, Jennifer Lynn Johnson, 40 and Paul Lewis Runnels, 65.