Judge denies motion for Ducey deposition in shootings case

Judge denies motion for Ducey deposition in shootings case

PHOENIX (AP) – A judge has denied a defense motion for a pretrial interview of Gov. Doug Ducey for his Twitter post announcing the arrest of a suspect in some of the 2015 Phoenix-area freeway shootings.

Defense attorneys for Leslie Merritt Jr. said they wanted depose Ducey to know what information Ducey got from investigators before he posted a “We got him!” tweet on Sept. 15 immediately after Merritt was arrested.

However, the judge denied the motion during a hearing Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Ducey’s spokesman has called the defense motion a publicity stunt.

Merrett has pleaded not guilty.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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