Michigan

Judge denies motion on murder charges in bicyclists' deaths

  • FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2016, file photo, Charles Pickett Jr. arrives for a preliminary examination in Kalamazoo County District Court in Kalamazoo, Mich. Pickett, who is accused of killing five bicyclists and injuring four others in southwestern Michigan in June 2016, will stand trial on second-degree murder charges. A Kalamazoo County Circuit judge on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, denied a motion by Pickett to reverse an earlier ruling that allowed the murder charges. (Mark Bugnaski /Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

    FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2016, file photo, Charles Pickett Jr. arrives for a preliminary examination in Kalamazoo County District Court in Kalamazoo, Mich. Pickett, who is accused of killing five bicyclists and injuring four others in southwestern Michigan in June 2016, will stand trial on second-degree murder charges. A Kalamazoo County Circuit judge on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, denied a motion by Pickett to reverse an earlier ruling that allowed the murder charges. (Mark Bugnaski /Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 9, 2016, file photo, mangled bicycles are tagged as evidence at the Michigan State Police crime lab in Kalamazoo, Mich. Charles Pickett Jr., the driver of a vehicle accused of killing five bicyclists and injuring four others along a rural road in Cooper Township on June 7, 2016, will stand trial on second-degree murder charges. A Kalamazoo County Circuit judge on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, denied a motion by Pickett to reverse an earlier ruling that allowed the murder charges. His trial is scheduled for April 24, 2017. (Mark Bugnaski /Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP, File)

    FILE - In this June 9, 2016, file photo, mangled bicycles are tagged as evidence at the Michigan State Police crime lab in Kalamazoo, Mich. Charles Pickett Jr., the driver of a vehicle accused of killing five bicyclists and injuring four others along a rural road in Cooper Township on June 7, 2016, will stand trial on second-degree murder charges. A Kalamazoo County Circuit judge on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, denied a motion by Pickett to reverse an earlier ruling that allowed the murder charges. His trial is scheduled for April 24, 2017. (Mark Bugnaski /Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A motorist accused of killing five bicyclists and injuring four others in southwestern Michigan will stand trial on second-degree murder charges.

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

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

The nine bicyclists were struck June 7, 2016, by a pickup along a rural road in Cooper Township.

Pickett also is charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death and causing serious injury.

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

An April 24 trial is scheduled.

The Associated Press left messages Thursday seeking comment from Pickett's attorneys.