Thursday, November 27, 2008

Suspect, Curtis Vance, arrested in Anne Pressly murder

Suspect arrested in Anne Pressly murder; Reported by: David Goins, Last Update: NOVEMBER 27th, 2008, 7:54 pm LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS -- Little Rock police are preparing for the first court appearance for the man accused of killing KATV News Anchor Anne Pressly. A murder warrant was issued for Curtis Vance, 28, late Wednesday afternoon. Hours later vance was arrested. Just before 4AM, police walked Vance out of police headquarters charged with capital murder.

When asked if he killed Anne Pressly Vance just shook his head and was silent. Pressly’s friends and co-workers were not. Little Rock Police believe Pressly's murder is solved. "The information that led us to this individual and to obtain the warrant came within the last week," LR Police Chief Stuart Thomas said. After a short 10 o'clock press conference to get the word out, a suspect had been identified. Vance was found at a house at 24th and Cross an hour later. Other people were inside when he was arrested, but no one answered the door on Thursday.

A quiet Thanksgiving Day, few people out and about. Even fewer talking about Vance's arrest. Thursday afternoon, a driver stopped only to say he's relieved and hopes police have their man..Pressly's case was featured on America's Most Wanted and there was a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, however the police chief tells me those efforts did not lead them to Curtis Vance. Instead its forensics and what he says, is old fashioned investigative police work, something that will be critical if this case goes to trial.

Police Chief Stuart Thomas updated reporters just after midnight. And said detectives are working to see if anyone protected Vance over the last month. "If there are individuals that have hindered the investigation in any way or have harbored him in any way shape or form, we'll charge them," Thomas said. If there is a motive, police aren't saying, other than robbery and murder. Vance has no prison record and apparently lived in multiple locations. "We're trying to resolve that now but we know that he's lived here previously because I believe in 2002 he had a traffic citation that showed a Little Rock address.

"Right now his address is the Pulaski County Jail. Vance is being held in the county detention center on no bond. He is scheduled to make his first appearance Friday morning at an arraignment inside the jail. Lt. Alan Aldridge, shift commander at the jail, said 28-year-old Curtis Lavelle Vance , (Date of Birth:10/22/1980), will be arraigned Friday morning by a judge who will come to the jail on the holiday weekend. He was arrested at a home in Little Rock Wednesday night based on a tip police received shortly after they called a news conference to announce him as the suspect. He's being charged with capital murder. Police have described the attack on Pressly as a random crime but are being tight-lipped about the evidence against Vance. They have said it includes DNA.

There is very little as far as nation wide criminal history for Curtis Lavelle Vance, DOB 10/22/1980, just a criminal traffic in 2002 in Santa Cruz County, California Courts, CA.
Offense Date: 12/19/2002
Case Number:M15451
Offense Type:Traffic/Other
Offense Code: N/A
Offense Description: UNSPECIFIED OFFENSE
Date Reported: 12/19/2002

Bill Warner
Private Investigator