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Trial set for man charged with threats against HLN anchors

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David Lee Simpson is accused of making threats via Twitter against two CNN anchors covering the Jodi Arias murder trial. (Source: CBS 5 News) David Lee Simpson is accused of making threats via Twitter against two CNN anchors covering the Jodi Arias murder trial. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The trial date has been set for a New York man charged with making death threats on Twitter against two CNN Headline News anchors covering the Jodi Arias murder trial.

David Lee Simpson's trial is scheduled to begin July 14. The final pre-trial conference is set for July 8 at 8:30 a.m. 

Simpson faces five felony counts for comments made toward Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell, both hosts of shows on Turner Broadcasting's HLN network who regularly covered the nearly five-month trial on national television.

Investigators said Simpson also threatened a Phoenix woman via Twitter.

Authorities extradited him to Maricopa County and a judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Arias was convicted of brutally killing her ex-lover Travis Alexander in 2008 in his Mesa home.

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