Burges McCowan, a criminal defense attorney who used to work as a Maricopa County prosecutor, said he would piece together where Merritt was during the shootings if he were handling his case.

McCowan added that he would emphasize the other incidents and why Merritt hasn’t been charged in those. He would also not have allowed him to talk in court. “If the records don’t match up with that statement, he’s made his situation worse,” McCowan said.

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