Explicit testimony was heard in court Tuesday about the attack of anchorwoman Anne Pressly. According to detectives, Curtis Vance admitted to striking Pressly four to five times in the head with a metal tool.
His defense team wants all his statements to police thrown out. Before that can happen, we're hearing the specifics of what he told detectives about the murder the night he was arrested.
Accused killer Curtis Vance admitted to Little Rock police detectives that he struck Anne Pressly in the head four to five times with a metal tool he found in a storage shed at the anchorwoman's home, according to testimony in court.
According to Detective Tommy Hudson, Vance waived his Miranda Rights and gave a statement to police shortly after his arrest on Nov 25, 2008. In that statement he admitted to entering Pressly's home and taking a laptop and a yellow purse and then setting them outside and re-entering the home.
According to an interview summary report Hudson read from in court Tuesday, Vance admitted to sexually gratifying himself while looking at Pressly asleep in bed.
"We then confronted him with DNA evidence found on the sheets of Ms. Pressly's bed and on her," Hudson says. "He denied sexually assaulting her, but admitted touching her."
From interview transcripts, Vance said he used Pressly's gas card at a Shell station at I-30 & 9th street and then threw it out the window. He then threw the metal tool out the window as he drove over the Broadway bridge on I-30 into the Arkansas River.
Members of Pressly's and Vance's family were not in the courtroom during the testimony because they could be called as witnesses during the hearing which continued Tuesday afternoon.
The pre-trial hearing will continue Wednesday. The judge will then decide whether to allow the statements at his trial next month.
FOX16's David Goins was at the hearing, you can detailed updates from the hearing at Twitter.com/dgoins.
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