Charges to be dismissed in Phoenix freeway shooting case

This photo provided by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Leslie Allen Merritt. Merritt, who is the suspect in a series of Phoenix freeway shootings was arrested after trying to sell a gun at a pawn shop. He was arrested at a Wal-Mart in Glendale, Ariz., a suburb west of Phoenix. Merritt was taken into custody on Friday, said Daniel Scarpinato, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors have decided to dismiss charges against a man suspected in freeway shootings that rattled Phoenix last year.

Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesman Jerry Cobb said Friday that the office filed a motion to dismiss all charges without prejudice against Leslie Merritt Jr.

Cobb says authorities and prosecutors identified additional forensic investigation that needs to be completed in order for the case to proceed.

Prosecutors may refile charges.

Merritt was released from jail Tuesday after his judge reduced his bond to zero.

He was allowed to return home under electronic monitoring.

Merritt’s defense attorneys have said ballistic tests cast doubt on authorities’ claims that he was behind four of the freeway shootings.

The shootings caused panic on Phoenix-area freeways, where 11 vehicles were hit in August and September of 2015.

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