Jodi Arias Case: Trial Set to Start This Week for Man Charged With Threats

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 7, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A New York man who allegedly threatened two television commentators during the Jodi Arias trial is set to start this week.

David Lee Simpson, 48 and of Bath, NY has pled not guilty.

The trial is set to start on May 8.

Authorities say Simpson was in New York when he sent the tweets, but Arizona asserted jurisdiction since the threats were made against individuals for conduct during their coverage of a case that was occurring in Maricopa County.

Authorities also say both TV personalities – Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell – were in Arizona at times.

They’re hosts on Turner Broadcasting’s HLN network who covered the Arias trial.

Investigators say Simpson also threatened an Arizona woman.

The Arias trial itself was supposed to start earlier this year but was postponed because the lead prosecutor had another case that legally came first and his superiors refused to assign anyone else to the Arias case.

The sentencing phase is now set to start on September 8.

 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.