Conviction stands in KATV anchor's murder


KATV-TV Little Rock reports that the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday (6/2) upheld the conviction of Curtis Vance. He is serving a sentence of life without parole for the October 2008 murder of KATV news anchor Anne Pressly.

The state’s highest court rejected the claim of Vance’s defense attorneys that his trial was prejudiced by jurors seeing him in jail clothing. The defense had also objected to the use of genetic evidence to link Vance to the crime scene in Pressly’s home. That was also rejected.

Vance was convicted of capital murder, rape, burglary and theft in the killing. Pressly died five days after being found beaten and unconscious in her home after she failed to show up for work at KATV.