Attorneys for accused freeway shooter Leslie Merritt make their case to modify release conditions Monday before a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge. They’ve been granted an evidentiary hearing next month, so they say they can prove Merritt is not behind the four shootings he’s

charged with. Attorney Jason Lamm was guarded talking to reporters about the case leaving court, saying only, “we’ll see you {November} the 16th.”

The prosecution worries that the proceeding could result in a so-called “mini-trial”. Lamm and co attorney Ulises Farragut plan to produce, among other things, cell phone records pinpointing where Merritt was at the time of the shootings.

Merritt is charged with 15 counts, including Endangerment, Drive By Shooting, Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm, Aggravated Assault and Disorderly Conduct in the four August shootings on Phoenix-area freeways. He’s being held on a one million dollar bond and maintains his innocence. 

–Barbara Villa