Father of Suspected AZ Freeway Shooter Claims Son is a Dindu
The man arrested in the Phoenix freeway shootings told a judge during his first court appearance on Saturday that authorities have 'the wrong guy.'
The judge set bail at $1 million for Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. after a prosecutor said he presents a danger to the community.
Merritt, a 21-year-old landscaper, then asked the judge if he could speak.
After the judge warned him that anything he says could be used against him, Merritt said he's not the shooter and that he had no access to his gun because it's been in a pawn shop for two months.
Police say he shot four cars on Aug. 29 and 30 on Interstate 10 in Phoenix and they have forensic evidence linking his gun to the shootings.
The family of the suspect arrested on Friday in connection to the Arizona freeway shooting says there's no way he could have done the awful things he is accused of.
Police arrested 21-year-old Leslie 'Les' Allen Merritt Jr. at a Wal-Mart in Glendale, a suburb west of Phoenix, on Friday around 7pm.
Officials say at the time of the arrest, Merritt Jr. was with his baby's mother and his five-year-old child outside of the store. He was the only one taken into custody.
KPHO spoke with Merrit Jr.'s mother-in-law Cynthia Sauceda who said that he 'has a big heart' and is not capable of harming anyone. She rushed over to the Walmart after learning about his arrest online.
'I'm just saying he's not like that, that's not even him, that's not in his heart,' she said.
He dindu nothin.