The lawyers of the man accused in a series of shootings along a Phoenix freeway filed for their client’s release without bail Wednesday, citing an alibi.
Merritt was jailed with bail set at $1 million.
He pleaded not guilty to 15 felony charges that included a drive-by shooting and aggravated assault.
The 21-year-old Glendale landscaper has maintained his innocence but the Department of Public Safety said forensic evidence linked Merritt to the shootings.
One of Merritt’s lawyers, Jason Lamm said at the arraignment, “Forensic evidence is susceptible to interpretation. It’s such a vague term.”
Eight cars were struck by bullets and three with projectiles — BBs or pellets — while driving on I-10. There were no serious injuries.
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