State: Suspect in TV anchor slaying declines mental examination, appears to be ‘rational’

Suspect in TV anchor slaying declines exam

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A State psychiatrist says the man accused of killing an Arkansas television anchorwoman has refused a mental examination, but appears to be “rational.”

Two letters by Stacy McBain, a forensic psychiatry fellow at the Arkansas State Hospital, say Curtis Lavelle Vance refused to be examined.

McBain says she told prosecutors and defense lawyers that she found no evidence that would indicate Vance lacks the capacity to understand the proceedings against him.

Twenty-eight-year-old Vance is accused in the October beating death of Anne Pressley, a morning anchorwoman for Little Rock television station KATV. He has pleaded not guilty.

He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday and faces a Sept. 9 trial.

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