Vance found guilty in Anne Pressly case

Associated Press - November 11, 2009 6:34 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A man was convicted of capital murder today for beating an Arkansas TV anchorwoman so brutally that her face was shattered and she never regained consciousness before dying five days later.

Curtis Lavelle Vance could face the death penalty for the assault on Anne Pressly at her bungalow in Little Rock. The same jury that convicted him reconvened to hear testimony about whether he should be put to death or imprisoned without the possibility of parole.

Vance, who is from Marianna, was also convicted of residential burglary, rape and theft of property in the Oct. 20, 2008, attack. Once jurors delivered the guilty verdict, Vance gestured toward the empty jury box, pointed to his eyes and ears and shook his head.

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