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Nov 12, 2009 8:44 AM by Associated Press

Jury weighs death penalty in TV anchorwoman case

A jury that convicted a man of capital murder in the beating death of an Arkansas TV anchorwoman is now weighing whether to impose the death penalty.

Jurors will meet again Thursday, a day after convicting Curtis Lavelle Vance of murder, rape and other charges. Jurors also could choose life in prison without parole. KATV host Anne Pressly was attacked in her Little Rock home on Oct. 20, 2008. She never regained consciousness and died five days later. Prosecutors said Vance told police he went to her neighborhood looking to steal laptop computers.

On Wednesday, a Human Services Department attorney spoke about Vance's troubled youth.

Pressly's mother said she ripped up family photos because she had no one to give them to after her only child's death.

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