Michigan

Lawyer: Man charged in 5 bicyclist deaths didn't intend harm

This undated photo provided by the Kalamazoo Sheriff's Department shows Charles Pickett Jr. Police reports say, Pickett, accused of plowing his pickup truck into a group of Michigan bicyclists on June 7, 2016, killing five, took pain pills and muscle relaxers in the hours before the crash. (Kalamazoo Sheriff's Department via AP)

This undated photo provided by the Kalamazoo Sheriff's Department shows Charles Pickett Jr. Police reports say, Pickett, accused of plowing his pickup truck into a group of Michigan bicyclists on June 7, 2016, killing five, took pain pills and muscle relaxers in the hours before the crash. (Kalamazoo Sheriff's Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A defense lawyer says a man accused of killing five people by plowing his speeding pickup truck into a group of Michigan bicyclists hadn't intended to harm them.

The comment from lawyer Alan Koenig followed the release this week of police reports saying 50-year-old Charles Pickett Jr. had taken pain pills and muscle relaxers less than two hours before the June 7 crash in Kalamazoo County.

Koenig offered thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families in an email to The Associated Press on Friday.

Pickett is charged with second-degree murder and driving while intoxicated causing death. He returns to court next month.

Another four bicyclists were injured when they were struck from behind on a two-lane road in Cooper Township, 160 miles from Chicago.