Freeway shootings suspect wants $10M from Arizona officials

Freeway shootings suspect wants $10M from Arizona officials

PHOENIX (AP) – A man charged in four 2015 shootings on Phoenix freeways has filed a claim demanding $10 million from the state of Arizona and Maricopa County.

KNXV-TV ( ) reports that lawyers for Leslie Merritt Jr. allege in the claim that authorities rushed to judgment and failed to provide any evidence that Merritt was present at any of the shootings.

Such claims are required precursors to lawsuits.

Merritt’s claim was filed against the state, Gov. Doug Ducey, the county and County Attorney Rick Montgomery.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety investigated the shootings and Montgomery’s office is prosecuting the criminal case against Merritt, who has pleaded not guilty.

Montgomery spokesman Jerry Cobb declined comment. Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said the claim is a routine matter that will be handled in due course.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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