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Story From KATV: http://www.katv.com/news/stories/1008/562863.html

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An intruder beat and stabbed a popular TV anchorwoman in her home during a possible robbery, and left her with life-threatening injuries, police said Monday.
Anne Pressly, 26, was found lying in her bed and bleeding from severe wounds early Monday, police spokeswoman Cassandra Davis. She found non-responsive and bleeding from the head, Davis said.
"She was beaten and there were some cuts to her body," said Davis. She said the cuts were stab wounds.
Pressly, who anchors the 5 a.m. newscast on ABC affiliate KATV, was hospitalized in critical condition, Davis said.
Davis said investigators are considering whether she was attacked during a robbery and are talking to Pressly's co-workers to determine whether she "has had any problems."
The last known contact with Pressly was between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
Davis said Pressly's mother gives her daughter a wake-up call and went to the house Monday when Pressly didn't answer. She found her daughter wounded at about 4:30 a.m.
During the station's 11:30 a.m. newscast Monday, anchor Jason Pederson read a story about the attack and said Pressly was hospitalized.
"We would ask that you keep Anne in your thoughts and, especially, in your prayers," Pederson said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081020/ap_on_re_us/tv_anchor_attacked
 

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Local Ark. Reporter Dies In Hospital After Attack

Anne Pressly, 26, died at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Margaret Preston said.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ― An Arkansas television anchorwoman died Saturday, several days after she didn't answer her wake-up call and was found beaten in her home, hospital officials said.

Anne Pressly, 26, died at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Margaret Preston said.

In a statement released by the hospital, Pressly's parents, Guy and Patti Cannady, asked for privacy as they grieved.

"It was our hope, as was yours, that Anne would overcome the injuries inflicted upon her in the brutal attack at her home," the statement read.

"We were with her in her last moments, and although our hearts are broken, we are at the same time comforted by our faith knowing that Anne is now with our heavenly father."

Pressly was beaten around the head, face and neck. She had been unable to communicate with her family or police while being kept sedated in the intensive care unit.

The anchor's death came only a day after a doctor said he was encouraged that her vital signs were stable while she remained in critical condition. Dr. Clifton R. Johnson told reporters Friday that swelling in Pressly's brain had gone down since being hospitalized and that doctors had slowly been reducing her sedative dosages.

She was discovered Monday morning a half-hour before she was to appear on ABC affiliate KATV's "Daybreak" program. Her mother went to her home after she didn't answer her regular wake-up call.

Police have yet to identify a suspect, though detectives have combed the area around Pressly's home in the Heights neighborhood -- a mix of bungalows and mansions near the Little Rock Country Club. News reports have said detectives found evidence that Pressly's credit card was used Monday at a gas station a few miles from her home.

Sgt. Cassandra Davis, a police spokeswoman, did not return a call for comment Saturday night.

Pressly was a native of Greenville, S.C., and moved with her family to Little Rock while she was in high school. She was a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

She had a small role in the new Oliver Stone movie "W.," which was filmed in Shreveport, La. She appears briefly as a conservative commentator who speaks favorably of President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" event on an aircraft carrier shortly after the start of the Iraq war.

Pressly's television station posted a short note Saturday on its Web site announcing her death.

"The staff of Channel 7 cannot express our grief at the loss of Anne, our dear friend and co-worker," the statement read. "We thank everyone for their concerns and prayers for Anne and her family over the past week. Please continue to keep her family in your prayers."

http://wbztv.com/national/Arkansas.Anchorwoman.Anne.2.848831.html
 

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Suspect Arrested In Death Of Ark. TV Reporter

Anne Pressly Was Beaten In Her Home, Died 5 Days Later

KATV-TV reporter Anne Pressly died Oct. 25, five days after being severely beaten in the head and upper torso in her home. (File)
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ― Police on Wednesday arrested a man on a capital murder charge in the beating death of a popular television anchorwoman but offered neither a motive behind the attack nor details about why they suspected him.

Curtis Lavelle Vance (File)

Curtis Lavelle Vance, 28, fled his Marianna home earlier Wednesday with a 25-year-old woman and three children under age 5, Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas said. Lt. Terry Hastings, a police spokesman, said Vance was arrested without incident at a home in Little Rock around 11 p.m.

"We got a tip. We went there and he's in custody," Hastings said early Thursday. "As far as we know he wasn't armed."

Hastings said Vance knew officers had been seeking him. Thomas said before the arrest that Vance was believed to be armed with a 9mm pistol and "a lot of extra ammunition."

Anne Pressly, 26, died Oct. 25, five days after being severely beaten in the head and upper torso in her home. The anchorwoman's mother found her a half-hour before she was due on KATV's "Daybreak" program, after she didn't answer her daily wake-up call. She never regained consciousness.

Thomas said at a late-evening news conference that the capital murder charge against Vance was based on "a very, very solid case due to solid detective work." He offered no details, however.

Hastings had said previously that DNA and other evidence from the scene gave police a portrait of the suspect, though they did not have a name until this month. One of Pressly's credit cards was used at a gas station after the beating, but Hastings said security camera footage didn't provide a good look at the person using it.

Pressly lived alone in the city's Pulaski Heights section, a mix of mansions and bungalows near the Little Rock Country Club. Her mother was visiting from out of town at the time of the attack but not staying at her daughter's home.

In the police station lobby before the news conference, several of Pressly's KATV colleagues quietly wiped tears from their faces. The station raised $50,000 for a reward fund.

Thomas said Vance frequently visited the Little Rock area, about 90 miles west of Marianna, and has a lot of contacts there.

Pressly was a native of Greenville, S.C., and moved with her family to Little Rock while she was in high school. She was a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., which has discussed establishing a scholarship to honor her.

In the Oliver Stone movie "W" -- the subject of a news story she covered as the film was being shot in Shreveport, La. -- Pressly appeared briefly as a conservative commentator who speaks favorably of President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" event on an aircraft carrier after the start of the Iraq War.

http://wbztv.com/national/Anne.Pressly.suspect.2.875124.html
 

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Parents: Slain anchorwoman was sexually assaulted

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The parents of the television anchorwoman who was beaten to death said Monday there is evidence their daughter also was sexually assaulted, and that she broke her hand fighting her attacker.
Five days after a suspect was arrested in the Oct. 20 beating of KATV anchorwoman Anne Pressly, Guy and Patti Cannady said on NBC's "Today" that the family still has many questions about the killing.
Guy Cannady said that while the police theory is that Pressly interrupted a random robbery, he isn't convinced of that.
"Well, it's just unbelievable that a random robbery like this would involve the brutal slaying of Anne in this way. There just seems to be a lot more to the whole story than just a robbery gone bad," he said. "I think he could have been a stalker."
They said there was evidence of sexual assault.
"This monster stole my daughter's innocence," Patti Cannady said. "He took her life. He took her identity. He took our lives. Our lives have radically changed as a result of what's happened to Anne."
The suspect, Curtis Lavelle Vance, was linked to the slaying via DNA evidence. Vance has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bail. He also is accused of raping an east Arkansas school teacher in April.
Police did not return a call Monday morning seeking comment on the Cannady's comments.
Patti Cannady said her daughter's left hand was broken. "She fought for her life, she fought her attacker," she said.
Patti Cannady went to her daughter's Little Rock home because she didn't answer a wake-up call and found the 26-year-old woman had been beaten beyond recognition. Every bone in her face had been broken, Cannady said.
"Her jaw, pulverized so badly that the bone had come out of it," she said. "I actually thought that her throat, it possibly been cut, but that was possibly the first knockout punch. Her entire skull had numerous fractures from which she suffered a massive stroke."
Pressly died in a hospital five days later without regaining consciousness.
Guy Cannady said they had mixed feelings about Vance's arrest.
"Obviously, good news for us, but bittersweet," he said, adding that the next part of the ordeal will be the trial.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081201/ap_on_re_us/tv_anchor_attacked;_ylt=Atlz2SwgPtom2VjsJyYgbres0NUE
 
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