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Anne Pressly’s Parents Faced Her Alleged Killer Today
Says her mother: “… our life has almost ended.”
-The Betty editors
The parents of Anne Pressly, the slain 26-year-old Arkansas TV anchor, faced their daughter’s alleged killer at an arraignment today. Curtis LaVelle Vance, 28, was arrested Wednesday and is now is charged with capital murder.
Patti Cannaday, Anne’s mother, who found her daughter’s badly beaten body, said, ” I feel very strongly that we have a lot of unanswered questions and we look forward to hearing the truth.” She told Good Morning, America, “He’s taken the light of the world from all of her friends and her family that loved her deeply. And as it is, our life has almost ended.”
Police have yet to identify a motive for the gruesome crime. Law enforcement captured Vance almost immediately after announcing him as a suspect, releasing his photo and asking for the community’s help on-air. There appears to be no connection between the two. Vance has no previous record of crimes except for traffic violations. Lt. Terry Hastings said that Vance had talked with the detectives but had not been very forthcoming. Still, he added, “We have a very solid case against Mr. Vance.”
The Cannadys said it was important for them to face Anne’s alleged murderer. “We want him to know how strong we are in standing together to see him face trial, and ultimately conviction. This is a capital murder case and we fully anticipate that this will be tried and he will be convicted as a capital murderer, and be sentenced appropriately,” Guy Cannady says. Murderers can be sentenced to death in Arkansas.