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Grace, Velez-Mitchell identified as threat targets

Rikki Mitchell

Grace, Velez-Mitchell identified as threat targets

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Jul 24, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) - Newscasters Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell were identified as the victims of online threats that Arizona authorities say a man made because he was upset with their coverage of the Jodi Arias trial.
   
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said earlier this week that he wasn't going to release the anchors' names because Turner Broadcasting had asked that they be withheld.
   
But Arpaio released a statement Wednesday that identified Grace and Velez-Mitchell as the target of the threats made on Twitter.
   
The sheriff's office says the anchors were identified because a news organization had already named them as the victims.
   
Arpaio says 48-year-old David Lee Simpson of Bath, N.Y., was infatuated with Arias and became upset Grace and Velez-Mitchell's comments about the case.
   
Records show Simpson doesn't yet have a lawyer.

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Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.