Transcripts of Merritt's DPS interview released

Posted at 10:31 AM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 16:47:23-05

A new court document filed in the freeway shootings case reveals investigators with the Arizona Department of Public Safety told Leslie Merritt Jr they had video that allegedly placed him at various scenes.

Prosecutors filed the 167-page document last week.

In the motion, prosecutors responded to a motion filed Merritt's defense asking the judge to send the case back to the grand jury.

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Merritt's attorney, Jason Laam, argued prosecutors bullied Merritt's fiancé and threatened her with a domestic terrorism charge to get her to change her alibi to prove she was not with Merritt at the suspected times.

Initially during questioning, Merritt's fiancé Dina Sauceda said she was with Merritt on August 29, one of the dates in question.

Sauceda initially said she was with Merritt based on her generalizations "If we're not at home, we're together."

According to the latest filing, prosecutors say, "Only after this point did detectives suggest Ms. Sauceda could be charged with domestic terrorism based on their belief that she had more information about the crimes than what she was telling."

Merritt is charged with four of the eleven freeway shootings.

During Merritt's interrogation, investigators said there was a video that placed Merritt on the freeway.

However, Merritt said he was innocent and never fired a shot from his gun.

According to the latest filing by prosecutors, Merritt was not shown the video.

He is expected in court in February.