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Lawyers for Phoenix freeway shooting suspect file for his release without bail

Accused freeway shooter Leslie Allen Merritt, Jr., appears in Maricopa County Superior Court for his arraignment, in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Merritt accused in some of the freeway shootings that put Phoenix drivers on edge for weeks pleaded not guilty Thursday as his defense lawyers questioned the strength of the evidence against him. (Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)
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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.

Leslie Merritt Jr. was taken into custody Sept. 18 and later charged with four of the 11 confirmed shootings on Interstate 10 that began in late August and lasted for nearly a month.

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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