Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell identified as targets of Bath man over Jodi Arias coverage
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:28:01 GMT —
HLN anchors Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell have been identified as the targets of online threats that Arizona authorities say a New York man made because he was upset with their coverage of the Jodi Arias trial.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced the arrest of David Lee Simpson, of Bath, N.Y., earlier this week. Arpaio says the 48-year-old was infatuated with Arias and became upset by Grace and Velez-Mitchell's comments about the case.
Arpaio originally declined to release the anchors' names because Turner Broadcasting had asked that they be withheld. But he released a statement Wednesday identifying Grace and Velez-Mitchell.
The sheriff's office says the anchors are being identified now because a news organization has already named them as the victims.
Officials say Simpson told investigators Wednesday night that he was on his way to kill Nancy Grace of Turner Broadcasting's HLN network.
Simpson faces three felony counts of computer tampering and two counts of stalking.
A Turner Broadcasting official declined to comment.
Records show Simpson doesn't have a lawyer yet.
Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the 2008 death of her boyfriend. The jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on life in prison or the death penalty.