The defendants in the civil lawsuit filed by Leslie Merritt ,Jr., have asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
The lawsuit named the State of Arizona, Maricopa County, and county attorney Bill Montgomery as defendants.
In court documents filed last Thursday, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss.
In the documents, the defendants state that they reached the threshold of probable cause needed to arrest and hold Merritt in jail.
They argue that they only needed enough evidence to show probable cause to arrest and hold Merritt for the crimes. As proof of this, they cite the grand jury indictment of Merritt which, they say, proved that they had enough evidence to support probable cause.
The dollar amount of Merritt's lawsuit has not been released, but it is expected to be in the millions.