MARIANNA, Ark. (AP) - The man accused of killing an Arkansas television anchorwoman has pleaded not guilty in a separate rape and burglary case in his hometown of Marianna.
Curtis Lavelle Vance, 28, arrived at the Lee County Courthouse Thursday morning wearing a bullet-resistant vest and escorted by six police officers. In a brief hearing, Circuit Judge Ann B. Hudson accepted the plea and set trial for July 27. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for June 22.
Vance ignored reporters' questions as he entered courtroom. As he arrived at the courthouse, Vance only shook his head and said "No," when asked whether he was worried about DNA evidence police say links him to the April attack on a Marianna woman. Little Rock police detectives have said that a DNA sample from the crime scene of Anne Pressley's slaying last year linked Vance to her killing and the Marianna attack.