Murder trial to begin in Ark. TV anchor's death

TV Anchor Attacked
Little Rock, Ark. news anchor Anne Pressly. Jury selection is scheduled to get under way on Monday in the trial of the man accused of killing Pressly.Anonymous / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

A man accused of killing a popular Arkansas television personality is going on trial.

Jury selection began on Monday in Little Rock in the trial of Curtis Lavelle Vance. He has pleaded not guilty to capital murder, rape and burglary.

KATV-Little Rock anchorwoman Anne Pressly was found brutally beaten in her bed in October 2008. She died days later without regaining consciousness. Of the roughly 100 jurors summoned for the trial, only one told a judge that she had never heard of Anne Pressly’s death, according to Web site

Prosecutors say they plan to use DNA evidence and taped confessions from Vance.

Defense lawyers say police coerced Vance into providing a DNA sample before his arrest. Vance said he was confused by "police trickery."

Vance is from Marianna, about 100 miles east of Little Rock. He could face the death penalty if convicted.