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Rape trial for man convicted of killing TV anchor

Curtis Vance Provided by Arkansas Dept. of Correction Curtis Vance Provided by Arkansas Dept. of Correction

MARIANNA, AR (AP) - Jury selection has begun at Marianna in the rape trial of the man convicted in the beating death of Little Rock television anchorwoman Anne Pressly.

A key part of Curtis Lavelle Vance's trial for killing the KATV morning show host in 2008 was evidence involving the rape of a Marianna High School teacher, and Vance was charged in that case also. Diane Hart of the Lee County circuit clerk's office said Tuesday that Vance's trial on that charge has begun with the process of selecting a jury.

Vance was convicted of capital murder in Pressly's death and sentenced to life in prison without parole, a conviction he is appealing.

DNA from a hair found in Pressly's bedding wound up matching DNA from the Marianna rape victim.

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