The Murder of Anchorwoman Ann Pressly

Little Rock TV Personality Beaten, Raped

Anne Pressly
Anne Pressly. KATV

On October 20, 2008, Anne Pressly, a popular morning anchorwoman at KATV television, was found badly beaten in the bedroom of her home in the Pulaski Heights section of Little Rock. She was found by her mother who went to check on her after she failed to answer a wake-up call.

Every bone in her face was broken, her jaw was shattered and she broke her hand will trying to fight off her attacker. She died five days later as a result of her injuries without regaining consciousness.

Recent Developments

Man Convicted in Anchorwoman's Murder
Nov. 11, 2009
An Arkansas jury deliberated just two hours before finding Curtis Lavelle Vance guilty of all counts in connection with the brutal beating death of a popular morning Little Rock television anchorwoman.

Previous Developments

Judge Refuses to Delay Anchorwoman Case Trial
Oct. 23, 2009
Rejecting arguments that the defendant accused of killing a television anchorwoman might be mentally disabled, an Arkansas judge has turned down a defense motion to delay the trial for further testing. Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza removed the last potential delay in the trial of Curtis Lavelle Vance.

Anchorwoman Suspect Says Police Tricked Him
Oct. 8, 2009
An Arkansas man accused of the murder of a popular Little Rock television anchorwoman testified that the police used threats and tricks to get him to confess to the crime and give different versions of what happened.

Suspect in Anchorwoman Death Refuses Examination
June 16, 2009
An Arkansas man accused of the murder of a popular Little Rock television anchorwoman has refused to undergo a court-ordered mental examination. Court papers said Curtis Lavelle Vance refused the exam, but he did so in a "rational" manner.

Accused Anchorwoman Killer Faces Evaluation
May 5, 2009
The man facing trial for killing a popular Little Rock television news anchor will face a mental evaluation at the request of his attorneys. Curtis Lavelle Vance is charged with the murder of Anne Pressly.

Anchorwoman's Accused Killer Charged in Rape
April 11, 2009
The man accused of killing a popular Little Rock, Arkansas television anchorwoman has entered a not guilty plea to rape and burglary in a separate case. Curtis Lavelle Vance, 28, was linked to the rape in his hometown of Marianna by DNA evidence collected in the Ann Pressly case, police said.

Parents Say Pressly Was Sexually Assaulted
Dec. 1, 2008
The parents of a television anchorwoman who was beaten to death in her home say she was also sexually assaulted. Anne Pressly was beaten so badly her jaw was shattered and she broke her hand trying to defend herself, her parents told NBC's "Today" show.

DNA Links Murder Suspect to Earlier Rape
Nov. 28, 2008
The Arkansas man arrested for the murder of a popular television anchorwoman in Little Rock has been linked through DNA evidence in that case to the rape of a school teacher in April. Curtis Lavelle Vance, 28, is being held without bond for the murder of Anne Pressly.

Man Charged in Anchorwoman's Beating Death
Nov. 26, 2008
A 28-year-old Arkansas man has been arrested in the death of a popular Little Rock television anchorwoman who was found beaten in her home in October. Curtis Lavelle Vance of Marianna was charged with capital murder in the death of 26-year-old Anne Pressly.

Reward Offered for Clues in Anchorwoman's Murder
Oct. 25, 2008
A $30,000 reward is being offered for information in the case of an Arkansas television anchorwoman who was found brutally beaten in her home last week. Anne Pressly, 26, died from the injuries that she received in the apparent home-invasion robbery a week ago.