May 26, 2016
In August 2015, a string of freeway sniper shootings caused a wave of panic that left Arizona residents fearing for their lives every time they got into their cars.
After weeks of searching for the sniper, authorities announced they had linked a gun to four of the I-10 shootings – and they said that gun had belonged to 21-year-old Leslie Merritt Jr., who was arrested. With Merritt in custody, the shootings seemed to be stopping and authorities endeavored to assure the community it was safe to be back on the roads.
WATCH: Why Accused and Now Released Arizona Freeway Sniper Says He Never Thought About Calling A Lawyer
Just one problem – Merritt insisted he was innocent. And after serving 222 days behind bars, the court found that there was insufficient evidence to continue holding Merritt and the charges against him were dismissed shortly thereafter. He was released from prison.
Now, in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, Merritt is speaking out for the first time about the ordeal, starting with the day he was arrested while at the store buying diapers for his infant daughter.
WATCH: Why Leslie Merritt Jr. Says It’s Impossible He Was The Arizona Freeway Sniper