Anchor’s High Profile Case Brings Familiar Jurors

By Andrew Gauthier 

ABC News

Even before testimony begins, the high-profile nature of popular Little Rock, Ark., anchorwoman Anne Pressly‘s murder case revealed itself during jury selection Monday after only one in 100 potential jurors said they had never heard of the case.

Only four jurors were seated out of a larger-than-normal pool. Attorneys will be back in court today to try again. Opening arguments are expected later this week.


Curtis Lavelle Vance stands accused of beating Pressly, 26, a rising star on the local morning news scene, into a coma and raping her in her apartment in October 2008 after a break-in. The face so many in her hometown had come to know was crushed beyond recognition. Five days after the attack, Pressly’s brain stem ruptured and she died.

Vance, 28, of Marianna, Ark., is charged with capital murder. He pleaded not guilty to the attack. If convicted, Vance could face the death penalty or a life sentence.More…