Police Arrest Suspect in Murder of KATV Anchor Anne Pressly

Caught. From KATV.com.

Caught. From KATV.com.

About an hour after calling a news conference to name a suspect, police caught and arrested an Arkansas man for the murder of KATV-TV, Channel 7, anchor Anne Pressly.

From the Associated Press via ArkansasBusiness.com:

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, 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. Police spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings said Vance was arrested without incident at a home in Little Rock about 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.”

More here.

KATV has complete coverage on its Web site here, including video of the perp walk, where people are heard yelling at Vance, “You’re gonna die.” When asked whether he murdered Pressly, Vance said, “No.”

The Arkansas Times has more here, including some video of KATV reporter Jessica Dean talking to Little Rock Police Chief Stuart Thomas:

Stuart said the case against Vance is “solid” due to “solid detective work.” Vance apparently has only a minor arrest record, with only one arrest in Pulaski County for giving a false identification in a traffic stop, according to the Times.

Random Thoughts

It was about 12 hours ago now when word first began to circulate that police had a suspect. And it spread across all Arkansas media channels. You can track it moving on Twitter here.

Having shut everything down for the holidays, I missed the breaking news. I had a surreal, old media moment early this morning when I retrieved the newspaper to see the story on the front page of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Kristin Fisher

Kristin Fisher

Meanwhile, lots to consider as this case moves forward. Could this case ever make trial in Little Rock given the amount of media coverage it’s received? (I see that thought noted here.) And how will the local TV media continue to cover the case of a man police say murdered one of their own?

Tough questions lie ahead, to say nothing of the pain this continues to bring to Pressly’s friends and family.


Anne Pressly, from this blog

KATV’s complete coverage

ArkansasBusiness.com on Anne Pressly

Suspect nabbed in Pressly murder [The Arkansas Project]

From KTHV (includes video)



Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (subscribers only); Video; Photos



Google News


2 Responses

  1. You done a really good job. Thanks for your news and i appreciated your thoughts .

  2. Well, I hope they have an airtight case against him so he doesn’t get let off on some technicality. My heart goes out to Ms. Pressly’s family in this sorrow. Great site.

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