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Former Gov. Jan Brewer: Doug Ducey needs to get to bottom of I-10 shooter mess

Apr 26, 2016, 2:33 PM | Updated: 10:43 pm

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Tuesday that someone — even Gov. Doug Ducey himself — needs to get to the bottom of the mess that is the I-10 shooter case in Arizona.

“Someone needs to find out what the bottom problem was with all of this,” she told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos. “Was it just that they needed somebody?”

The charges against the suspected I-10 shooter, Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., were dropped this week.

One of Merritt’s attorneys, Ulises Ferragut, said earlier this week the investigation into Merritt was botched and that DPS altered a log to frame Merritt as the shooter.

While Brewer was not overly critical of anyone involved in the investigation, she did admit she was taken aback when Ducey sent a tweet announcing Merritt’s arrest.

“I was shocked that he did it,” she said. “He did it so quick.”

She said the tweet was likely premature.

“No one has the right to be judge, jury and executioner until you have due process and that didn’t happen.”

As far as Merritt is concerned, Brewer said it is “so sad to think that’s how it all works sometimes” and does not believe he was the shooter because of his demeanor in court.

“He was so humble,” she said. “He wasn’t like Jodi Arias.”

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Former Gov. Jan Brewer: Doug Ducey needs to get to bottom of I-10 shooter mess