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David Lee Simpson Taken Into Custody For Allegedly Threatening CNN Anchors Nancy Grace And Jane Velez-Mitchell

Photo Credit: Maricopa County Sheriffs Office

A New York man is in custody for allegedly threatening to kill CNN commentators Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell, along with another woman in Phoenix, Arizona.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says David Lee Simpson was angered by the tone that the anchors adopted when discussing the Jodi Arias murder trial.

According to a press release issued by Arpaio’s office, “(a)mong his many tweets pertaining to the Arias trial were threats to strap the commentators to a ‘tree naked and leave them to suffer all night ‘ and then  ‘slit their throats.’  Simpson also allegedly told a co-worker that he wanted to hang one of the TV commentators by her feet and ‘gut her like a deer.’ Simpson openly named and called out his intended victims which also included a Phoenix woman who defended the commentator’s coverage of the trial on Twitter.

Included in the release was a statement by the Sheriff’s Deputies that Simpson had quit his job as a front desk clerk at an auto repair shop in Bath, New York.  He allegedly told his boss that he was leaving town.  It is not known exactly why police initially pulled over his car but when they did police allegedly found several guns, shotgun ammunition, handcuffs, zip ties, binoculars, a knife, police radio, a receipt for a recently purchased shotgun (the shotgun was not located), and various newspaper clippings with coverage of various stories including the Newtown school massacre, the shootings of four firemen in Webster, New York, and the arrest of a woman by Maricopa County Sheriffs on charges of bestiality.

Simpson was apparently enamored with Jodi Arias and did not like the way Grace and Velez-Mitchell were referring to her.

Nancy Grace by Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
Jane Velez-Mitchell by Jason Kempin, Getty Images

Simpson is being charged with multiple felony counts of stalking and computer tampering.


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