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Judge denies motion for Ducey deposition in shootings case

Suspected Phoenix freeway shooter Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., right, talks with his attorney Ulises Ferragut during a motion to modify his release at Superior Court in Phoenix on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville reduced Merritt Jr.'s $1 million bond to $150,000 after his lawyers made an alibi claim that wasn't considered by the court that set his original bond. (Michael Schennum/The Arizona Republic via AP)

Suspected Phoenix freeway shooter Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., right, talks with his attorney Ulises Ferragut during a motion to modify his release at Superior Court in Phoenix on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville reduced Merritt Jr.’s $1 million bond to $150,000 after his lawyers made an alibi claim that wasn’t considered by the court that set his original bond. (Michael Schennum/The Arizona Republic via 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.

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