State: Suspect In TV Anchor Slaying Declines Exam

    12:35 PM, Jun 12, 2009   |    comments
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    That's according to letters filed in the capital murder case against Curtis Lavelle Vance. Two letters by Stacy M. McBain, a forensic psychiatry fellow at the Arkansas State Hospital, say Vance refused to be examined.

    However, McBain says she told prosecutors and defense lawyers that she "found no evidence that would indicate the defendant lacks the capacity to understand the proceedings against him or ... assist his attorney."

    Vance, 28, has pleaded not guilty in the October slaying of Anne Pressly, an anchorwoman at Little Rock television station KATV. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday and faces a Sept. 9 trial.

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