An Arizona judge has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of the Bath man indicted in Arizona on charges that he made Twitter death threats against two national TV commentators over their coverage of Jodi Arias.
48 year old David Lee Simpson faces five felony counts related to Twitter threats against Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell, both hosts on Turner Broadcasting’s HLN network who covered the Arias trial. Investigators say Simpson also threatened an Arizona woman.
Simpson was appointed a public defender on Thursday in Phoenix. Simpson was in Bath when he sent the tweets, but Arizona asserted jurisdiction since authorities say the threats were made against individuals for conduct during their coverage of a case that was occurring in Maricopa County, and that both TV personalities were present here at times.
A jury convicted Arias of first-degree murder May 8 in the June 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander.