The defense team for Leslie Merritt, Jr., claims the 21-year-old has an alibi for the shootings

By Chris Harris
Updated November 17, 2015 11:00 AM
Credit: Rob Schumacher/AP

Bail was reduced on Monday for Leslie Allen Merritt, Jr., the 21-year-old landscaper who was arrested two months ago in connection with a string of Phoenix highway shootings.

Merritt’s attorney, Jason Lamm, confirms to PEOPLE that his client’s bail was lowered from $1 million to $150,000.

Since his arrest on Sept. 18, Merritt has vehemently denied that he had anything to do with the shootings. “I’m the wrong guy,” he told a judge during a court appearance two months ago. But prosecutors say a semi-automatic handgun owned by Merritt has been forensically linked to the shootings.

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However, court filings obtained by PEOPLE suggest Merritt has an alibi and that evidence will prove the he was not involved in the shootings.

The motions filed in the Merritt case are under seal, according to officials.

Merritt, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, is due back in court on Dec. 16 at 8:30 a.m.