Prosecution rests in TV anchorwoman death case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Prosecution rests in TV anchorwoman death case

Curtis Vance Curtis Vance
Anne Pressly Anne Pressly

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Lawyers for Curtis Lavelle Vance at his capital murder trial say they expect to wrap up their side of the case sometime Wednesday.

Vance has pleaded not guilty to murder, rape and burglary charges in last year's beating death of Little Rock TV personality Anne Pressly. Jurors could start deliberating the case sometime Wednesday.

Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday after a medical examiner testified that TV anchorwoman Anne Pressly died from blunt force trauma to her head.

In great detail, Dr. Stephen Erickson said Pressly was the victim of a violent attack that likely included either a pistol-whipping or an attack with a club.

He said that one blow knocked a tooth out of Pressly's mouth and that another shoved her jaw backward, cutting off blood flow to her brain.

Vance could face the death penalty if convicted.

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