Soft-spoken and handcuffed, a 21-year-old landscaper insists that he is not responsible for a string of Phoenix freeway shootings and that his gun has been sitting in a pawn shop for months.

Despite Leslie Allen Merritt Jr.’s impromptu assertion in court Saturday, investigators said they have proof that the gun wasn’t in any pawn shop at the time of four shootings they say he carried out.

NEW court docs out in #FreewayShootings case. Suspect told judge he hasn’t had a gun in weeks. Docs say otherwise

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Authorities say gun tests tie suspect to Phoenix freeway shootings