PHOENIX (AP) – A judge has allowed a man charged in freeway shootings that rattled Phoenix last year to be released from jail.
The judge overseeing the case against Leslie Merritt Jr. reduced his bond to zero on Tuesday and allowed him to return to his home with electronic monitoring.
It was a major victory for defense lawyers for Merritt as they insist ballistic tests cast doubt on the claim by authorities that he was behind four of the freeway shootings.
Merritt lifted up his shackled arms in celebration upon hearing the news. After the hearing, family members hugged and shook the hands of defense lawyers.
The next court hearing is May 18.
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