Formerly accused freeway shooter's gun not linked to string of Phoenix shootings

PHOENIX - More information is being released about a string of freeway shootings in Phoenix last year.

According to the third party independent report paid for by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, there’s no way to connect Leslie Merritt Jr., 22, the formerly accused "freeway shooter" to the crimes.

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A forensics expert recently re-tested the bullets linked to the shootings and concluded that there’s no way to connect Merritt’s gun to the first four incidents DPS originally had linked to Merritt.

DPS is investigating a total of 11 incidents and there are no leads on the other cases.

Merritt spent seven months behind bars and was released from custody in April. The case against him was dropped shortly thereafter.

Once dubbed the “freeway shooter,” Merritt is now hoping to get justice by filing a lawsuit against state officials.'

Prosecutors and DPS officials both maintain that the case remains open and under investigation.

Merritt is also still the main suspect in the DPS investigation.

DPS Director Frank Milstead even said, "I believe we have enough evidence to develop probable cause to believe that (Merritt) is the correct suspect.”

Merritt's attorneys say they remain shocked at Milstead's comments.

 

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