Law Enforcement in Little Rock, Arkansas has charged 28-year-old Curtis Lavelle Vance with murder in the beating death of TV anchorwoman Anne Pressly.
News of Anne’s murder was all over the press, TV and Internet in the days following her murder and now, a month later, the police say they know who they are looking for. Anne died on October 25th, five days after being severely beaten in her home. She was found on October 20th by her mother who went to check on her after she didn’t answer her daily wake-up call.
Police are positive that they are looking for the right man and base it on a very solid case but as of right now they aren’t offering any details or motive. One of her credit cards was used at a gas station after the beating but the security cameras didn’t give a particularly good look at the person who used it.
Curtis Vance has fled his home in Little Rock along with a 25-year-old woman and three children under the age of five, is believed to be driving a black 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora with 22-inch rims and temporary license plates. He is also considered to be armed, as police think he may have a 9mm pistol.
Update – Within an hour or so from the initial press conference that police held Curtis Vance was arrested and questioned. He is currently being held at the Pulaski County jail and should have an arraignment this morning, Friday. Police aren’t saying much other than the fact that it was DNA that led them to Vance.
Update III – According to interviews with Guy and Patty Cannady, the parents of Anne Pressly, Anne was beaten so badly that her jaw was pulverized and her entire skull had numerous fractures which caused a stroke and eventually killed her.
Prosecutors are still not saying whether they are going to seek the death penalty or not.
Update IV 9/29/09 – Attorneys for Vance have filed motions to have everything he said to investigators thrown out as they are claiming that law enforcement lied to him after he was identified as a suspect in the murder last October.
The trial itself is supposed to begin in November and the judge gave prosecutors permission to have DNA testing done of evidence from the murder.
Updated 9-24-2022 – On November 11, 2009, Vance was convicted of capital murder, residential burglary, rape and theft of property.
According to Wikipedia Vance was also charged with the rape of Kristen Edwards on April 21, 2008 at her home in Marianna, Arkansas. Before he fled, the rapist stole her cell phone and charger, a video and $3 – all the cash she had with her at the time. Vance was subjected to a swab test for his DNA and all 16 genetic markers the test compared matched the DNA recovered from the semen in Edwards’s rape. During the trial, Vance admitted under questioning that he had been inside Edwards’s home on the morning of the rape, although he claimed that it was because “there were mobs roaming the streets in Little Rock” that morning and he was afraid. Despite his admission of being in the victim’s home, her being brutally raped that morning, and the statistically negligible chance of his DNA matching anyone else’s, the jury was hung, resulting in a mistrial.