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Not guilty plea for man charged with threats against McSally

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Posted at 7:30 PM, Jun 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-16 22:30:26-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A man accused of making death threats against Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

 The case has a new significance in light of the attacks in the DC area this week.

In the aftermath of the attack on members of Congress, the charge of death threats against Congresswoman Martha McSally paints a picture of the waves of anger flooding our country's politics.

Speaking from the Republicans vs Democrats Charity baseball game last night, McSally mentioned today's court action for the man accused of threatening her and said Members of Congress need to be able to meet with the public safely.

She said, “I'm just thankful to our local Tucson Police and Cochise County, Pima County Sheriff's office.  We've got to be out there in our community and representing and listening to people."

Prosecutors say on May 2nd, Steve Martan called McSally's Tucson office and recorded a voice message with statements like, "Yeah Martha, our sights are set on you, right between your _______ eyes, and Can't wait to pull the trigger ______."

 "Investigators did not have a hard time tracking down their suspect.  Like a lot of modern offices, including ours right here, McSally's phone system had caller ID and they were able to trace it right back to his cell phone."

Martan was allowed to waive his appearance in Federal Court today, but an attorney entered a not guilty plea for him.  That's routine at this early stage of the case.

For now Martan is confined to his home.  Conditions of his release include getting mental health treatment.