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Lawyer: Killings suspect was likely near 2 freeway shootings

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 18:34:47-05

PHOENIX (AP) — A landscaper once charged in freeway shootings in metro Phoenix during 2015 has alleged in his false-arrest lawsuit that there's a high likelihood a car belonging to a man later charged in nine killings was near two of the interstate shootings.

Leslie Merritt Jr.'s attorney said license plate readers picked up a plate matching six of the seven characters from killings suspect Aaron Juan Saucedo's BMW near two of the freeway shootings.

Lawyers for Arizona's Department of Public Safety have asked a judge to bar claims about Saucedo at Merritt's March 30 civil trial.

Messages seeking comment from Saucedo attorney Thomas Glow were not immediately returned.