PHOENIX — A trial has been delayed for a New York man charged with
threatening two national TV commentators via Twitter over their coverage of the
Jodi Arias murder trial.
David Lee Simpson’s trial was reset for Sept. 15. The 48-year-old man from
Bath, New York, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Authorities said 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.
Both TV personalities — Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell of Turner
Broadcasting’s HLN network — were in Arizona at times covering the trial.
Investigators said Simpson also threatened an Arizona woman. His trial had been
set to begin this week.