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Trial Set In Suit Stemming From Arrest In Phoenix Freeway Shootings

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

An April 6 trial has been scheduled for a false-arrest lawsuit filed by a landscaper once charged in some of the freeway shootings in metro Phoenix during the summer of 2015.

Most of Leslie Merritt Jr.’s claims against Arizona Department of Public Safety officers were dismissed after ballistics evidence came under heavy criticism. But he can still seek damages on his claims of false arrest and false imprisonment for the six-day span between his arrest and indictment.

Merritt was jailed for seven months before his charges were dismissed.

Merritt insists he is innocent.

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