Philly Anchor Stalker Trial is Set to Begin

Testimony is set to begin Tomorrow in the Philadelphia for the man accused of stalking KYW Anchor Erika von Tiehl.

John Hart, who briefly dated von Tiehl is charged with six counts involving stalking, harassment, and identity theft. It all happened after von Tiehl ended the relationship.

Prosecution and defense lawyers spent Tuesday picking a jury of 12 and several alternates for what is estimated to be a three-day trial.

Police say that Hart electronically disrupted von Tiehl's bank, telephone, and utility services, and left threatening voice messages.

Jury selection began one day after court records show Hart rejected a guilty-plea offer from the prosecutor.

Assistant District Attorney Lauren Katona said she could not comment because Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright had imposed a gag order on the lawyers.

Though Hart was arrested in 2011, his trial has been delayed, mostly because he tried to be his own lawyer.

Hart, who once attended the Villanova University law school, was assigned several backup counsels by the judge until January, when Hart said he no longer wanted to represent himself.

H/T Philadelphia Inquirer