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Suspect In Arizona Freeway Shootings To Be Released From Jail

(Photo courtesy of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Leslie Allen Merritt Jr.

There may be mounting evidence in favor of the suspect who said he was not the trigger man in a handful of shootings along Interstate 10 that rocked the Valley last year.

A judge cut Leslie Merritt Jr.’s bond to zero Tuesday, paving the way for his release from jail while he awaits trial on more than a dozen felony charges. KJZZ’s Matthew Casey spoke about what happened.

Tim Eckstein, a criminal defense attorney at Osborne Maledon in Phoenix said the reaction, or lack thereof, from the prosecutor at Merritt's release is telling.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.