Update: New Trial Date For Curtis Vance

    9:33 AM, Jul 28, 2009   |    comments
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    Judge Chris Piazza granted a continuance Tuesday morning in the murder trial of Curtis Lavelle Vance. Vance is charged with capital murder the death of Little Rock KATV anchorwoman Anne Pressly.

    His trial was originally scheduled for Sept. 9, but Judge Piazza agreed to set a new trial date for Nov. 2.

    Vance said of the continuance, "Just get it to trial as quick a we can."

    During the morning hearing, Vance's attorneys requested the continuance, allowing them more time for independent DNA testing.

    Prosecutor John Johnson had countered that he received word that the state Crime Lab completed its testing of evidence in April and that the defense has had ample time for its own testing.

    Additionally, Vance withdrew his motion for new counsel. Previously, he'd submitted a handwritten note to Judge Piazza requesting new representation.

    When asked if he was happy with his attorneys, Vance replied, "We'll just see what they'll (attorneys) do."

    Prosecutors have yet to say whether they'll seek the death penalty.

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