Freeway shootings defendant: 'I'm just ready to go home'

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Leslie Merritt Jr. talked to the media after getting out of jail (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Leslie Merritt Jr. talked to the media after getting out of jail (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Leslie Merritt Jr. greeted his defense team after being released from jail Tuesday (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Leslie Merritt Jr. greeted his defense team after being released from jail Tuesday (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Leslie Merritt Jr. had his bail dropped to $0 during a court hearing Tuesday (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Leslie Merritt Jr. had his bail dropped to $0 during a court hearing Tuesday (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The 21-year-old charged in last summer's I-10 shooting spree said he's looking forward to spending time with his children after a judge ordered a change in his bail based on new evidence.

A judge lifted Leslie Merritt Junior's $1 million bond and ordered that he could be released with only a GPS tracking bracelet. Based on statements in court by the judge and a defense attorney, the change was prompted by new ballistic testing that may cast doubt on the foundation of the state's case, however, details are under court seal.

"Thank you, everybody, for coming out and showing your support," Merritt Jr. told reporters after he was released from jail around 6 p.m. 

[READ MORE: Accused I-10 shooter released from jail]

"I told you guys in the beginning I didn't do it. I'm telling you now as I'm going home. Right now I just want to go home and be with my kids," Merritt Jr. said.

[Raw video: Freeway shooting suspect released from jail]

He spent seven months in custody while awaiting court proceedings, much of it in solitary confinement, according to his attorney Jason Lamm.

"The guy's been in a box for seven months, 23 hours a day. Let's let him go home to his family, take a hot shower," he said. "It's not over yet."

Merritt Jr. is still facing 15 felony counts. He's charged in four of the 11 shootings that terrorized Valley freeways in August and September.

[Read more: Special section on freeway shootings]

"I'm just ready to go home. Be with my kids. Get stuff back together," he said.

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