by Max Brantley
Curtis Lavelle Vance, accused of the murder of TV anchor Anne Pressly, appeared in Circuit Court this morning. David Goins of Fox 16 provided Twitter updates.
He made a number of comments, including that he was pressured by police into confessing by police "who put a gun to my face."
UPSHOT: Another hearing set for July 9 on question of whether Vance is fit to proceed to trial. You'll recall he refused to participate in a State Hospital evaluation and still gives no indication of full cooperation, so Judge Chris Piazza wouldn't grant a defense request for a 30-day commitment for evaluation. The judge saw it as just more stalling. I suspect Vance refuses because he knows well enough the difference between right and wrong and thus is competent to stand trial for allegedly doing wrong.
DNA evidence. Multiple confessions. A pending rape charge in another jurisdiction. Witnesses spotted him in the neighborhood. Put it all together and you might speculate on whether the defense could be looking for a deal, though life without is about as good as it's likely to be. The prosecution will announce whether it seeks the death penalty at an Aug. 18 hearing.