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Former Arizona Legislator Charged With Murder In Alaska

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De Simone began his term in the Arizona legislature in 2007, but resigned in 2008 following domestic abuse allegations. He was arrested in June 2008 after allegedly punching his wife in the face several times and shoving her out of a room in their home, according to the Arizona Republic.

Shortly after his arrest, De Simone announced that he would resign from the legislature. The domestic violence charge against De Simone was dropped when he agreed to resign and begin counseling, according to the New York Times.