PHOENIX (AP) – The latest on a series of freeway shootings in the Phoenix area (all times local): 9:08 a.m.
A man charged in some of the freeway shootings that rattled the Phoenix area has pleaded not guilty.
A judge entered the plea for Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. during a brief arraignment Thursday. The 21-year-old Glendale man has been charged with aggravated assault, carrying out a drive-by shooting and other crimes.
Merritt didn’t say anything at the hearing other than to give his name and date of birth.
Investigators say ballistics tests link him to four of 11 shootings that occurred on Phoenix-area freeways between Aug. 22 and Sept. 10. Merritt was arrested Sept. 18 at a Wal-Mart.
The investigation into the other shootings remains open. State police say copycats may be responsible.
Authorities say eight cars were struck with bullets and three with projectiles such as BBs or pellets.
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