Monday, December 1, 2008
Lavell Vance Named Suspect In Murder of Anne Pressly
Anne Pressly, a popular Little Rock, Arkansas television anchor, was found beaten in her home in October. She died a couple of days later from trauma to the brain in the hospital. Curtis Lavell Vance, 28, was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the 26 year old's death. KATV-TV in Little Rock (A CNN affiliate) reported that police were tipped off to Vance's location after he was publicly identified as a suspect. Police Chief Stuart Thomas did not reveal why Vance was identified as a suspect. Vance will be charged with capital murder. Suspect faces murder charge
Pressly may have been the victim of a burglary because her purse and credit card were missing. A credit card was actually used at a gas station recently. A $30,000 reward from KATV was offered for information leading to the arrest of Pressly's attacker. It is not clear if any one provided the tip that lead to the arrest.
All suspects are innocent until otherwise proven guilty!
Update 11-11-09: Justice marches forward. Curtis Lavelle Vance, a 29 year old man who told police he had been hoping to steal a laptop, was convicted of capital murder of Anne Pressly, an Arkansas TV anchorwoman. Anne had been battered so badly that her face was shattered. She never regained consciousness. The jury panel will also consider whether Vance should be executed or sentenced to life in prison without parole. Vance was also convicted of residential burglary along with rape and theft of property. After the jury vacated the courtroom, Vance gestured toward the empty jury box, pointed to his eyes and ears and shook his head. Sounds like justice to me.
Update 11-13-09: The Pulaski County, Arkansas, jury decided whether the aggravating circumstances in favor of the death penalty outweighed the mitigating circumstances. The jury dicided to sentence Vance to confinement for the rest of his natural life in a 6-by-9 cell with nothing to think about but what he has done. Again, sounds like justice.