Saturday, January 10, 2009


Anne Pressly, 26, was a news anchor at KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., which has discussed establishing a scholarship to honor her, and worked as a reporter for WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tenn., in 2004.
AP/Little Rock Police Dept. / Nov. 26
Curtis Lavelle Vance, 28, was formally charged in Pulaski County Circuit Court Thursday with capital murder and rape, and also faces additional charges of burglary and theft. Vance is slated to return to court on January 15th to enter his plea.

Suspect in anchorwoman's killing to be arraigned
Fri January 9, 2009

(CNN) -- The man accused in the brutal killing of Arkansas television anchor Anne Pressly will appear next Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court, where he will enter a plea in the high-profile case.

Curtis Lavell Vance, 28, was formally charged Thursday with capital murder, rape, residential burglary and theft, Prosecutor Larry Jegley said Friday.

Neither he nor police would discuss details of the case because of a gag order imposed by the judge. Jegley hasn't said whether he will seek the death penalty.

Jegley said Vance, who denies he was in Little Rock, Arkansas, when Pressly was killed, was being held at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility.

Vance was linked to the killing through DNA testing.

Lt. Terry Hastings, spokesman for Little Rock police, told CNN in December that investigators are "110 percent" certain Vance killed Pressly, 26, who was the morning news anchor for KATV, a CNN affiliate.

Pressly was found unconscious in her home October 20 and died five days later at a hospital.
"She fought for her life. She fought her attacker. Her left hand was broken from trying to fight this man off," Pressly's mother, Patti Cannady, told NBC.

"Six weeks ago this morning, I found my daughter beyond recognition with every bone in her face broken, her nose broken, her jaw pulverized so badly that the bone had come out of it; I actually thought that her throat had possibly been cut. Her entire skull had numerous fractures from which she suffered a massive stroke."

Hastings told CNN that DNA evidence also ties Vance to a rape in April in Marianna, Arkansas, about 90 miles east of Little Rock.



Billy said...

this pathetic little bug needs to be squashed

Anonymous said...

Definitely had to have hate to do this to a person. Both victims, Miss Anne Pressly and another, were both 100 miles apart and white. Way too sad that this animal killed Miss Anne because she did not want to be raped and courageously fought back. My prayers for both women and their families.
Thank God this animal will understand what "hard" time in prison will be.