New York man charged in Arias computer stalking case set for court hearing ahead of trial


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PHOENIX — A hearing is set 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 is set for Sept. 15. The 48-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to computer tampering and stalking charges. He is due in court Monday morning.

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.

Both TV personalities — Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell of Turner Broadcasting's HLN network — were in Arizona at times covering the trial.

Investigators say Simpson also threatened an Arizona woman.

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