- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (AP) - A judge has denied several requests by defense lawyers for the man accused of killing an Arkansas television anchorwoman.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said Tuesday that Curtis Lavelle Vance does not need a court order banning police from talking to him without attorneys or protecting him from jailhouse informants.

Piazza said Vance is the only person who can make decisions such as whether to waive his constitutional right to remain silent during police interviews.

Vance faces a capital murder charge in the killing of 26-year-old Anne Pressly, a morning anchorwoman for Little Rock television station KATV. She was attacked on Oct. 20 in her home in Little Rock and died several days later.

His trial is set for Sept. 9.

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