Arizona freeway shooting suspect tells judge authorities have ‘the wrong guy’

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PHOENIX (AP) — The man arrested in the Phoenix freeway shootings has told a judge during his first court appearance that authorities have "the wrong guy."

The judge set bail at $1 million for Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. after a prosecutor said he presents a danger to the community.

Merritt, a 21-year-old landscaper, then asked the judge if he could speak. After the judge warned him that anything he says could be used against him, Merritt said he's not the shooter and that he had no access to his gun because it's been in a pawn shop for two months.

A newly released charging document filed in the case says investigators determined that the suspect had not pawned his gun at the time of the incidents.

The document also says that investigators determined the bullets and the bullet fragments from four incidents came from a gun that was owned by the suspect.

The test (of Merritt's gun by the Arizona Department of Public Safety "fired bullets (that) were matched to the bullets and bullet fragments from the four cases ...," the document says.

Police say he shot four cars on Aug. 29 and 30 on Interstate 10 in Phoenix.

 

 

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