Judge sets March trial date in mall kidnapping

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man charged with kidnapping a woman and her child from a mall in New Hampshire and then bringing her to Vermont is scheduled to go on trial in federal court in March, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Court records indicate that jury selection in the trial of Everett Simpson is scheduled to begin March 23. The trial is scheduled to run through April 3.

Simpson, 42, is facing federal kidnapping charges. After he left a Bradford drug abuse treatment center Jan. 4, he traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire, where he allegedly kidnapped the woman and her child and then brought them to Vermont. He is facing separate state charges that he sexually assaulted the woman in Vermont.

Simpson has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges.

He has not yet entered a plea on the state charges. Simpson is expected to face the state charges after the federal case has been resolved Windsor County State's Attorney David Cahill said Tuesday.

During a court hearing on Monday, Simpson's legal team asked for permission to conduct an additional search of the alleged victim's phone. A judge agreed to the search under FBI supervision.