Leslie Merritt, the 21 year old linked to several of the shooting incidents on I-10 in the Phoenix area, appeared in Superior Court in Phoenix Thursday for an arraignment hearing. His attorneys entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.

Merritt spoke only briefly, saying his name and date of birth, before the judge confirmed the not guilty pleas, and set another hearing date for a pretrial   conference on November 18th. Merritt remains jailed on 1 million dollars bond, facing 15 counts, including for drive-by shooting, intentional acts of terrorism, and disorderly conduct involving a weapon. Outside the courthouse, Merritt’s attorney Jason Lamm told reporters that he is just getting familiar with the evidence in the case. He also questioned claims by the Maricopa
County Attorney that there is forensic evidence linking Merritt to the shootings. Lamm says such evidence is open to interpretation, saying “everyone has been watching a little too much CSI”. Lamm says he wants to “investigate the investigation”. Merritt has been linked to four of the eleven confirmed freeway shooting incidents, though County Attorney Bill Montgomery noted Wednesday that there had been no further shooting incidents since Merritt’s arrest.

–Jeff Scott