Suspected valley freeway shooter to appear in court Monday

- The man accused of multiple shootings on valley freeways is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Leslie Merritt, Jr., has been in jail since his arrested in September, but his lawyers say his $1 million bail should be lowered because they can prove that he is not the shooter. Merritt's lawyers are expected to call family members to the stand to testify and  underscore phone records that they say show their client wasn't near the crime scenes.

The 21-year-old is accused of being responsible for four of the 11 shootings on valley freeways between August 22 and September 10.

Merritt is charged with 15 counts, including endangerment, drive by shooting, unlawful discharge of a firearm, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

Police say ballistics tests tie a gun he owns to those four shootings. 

Merritt has plead not guilty to the charges against him and has maintained his innocence. The hearing is scheduled to being at 1:30 p.m. and the judge is expected to make his ruling from the bench.


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