Published November 10, 2009 Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – One blow ruined her smile and others crushed the middle of her face, but the attack on television personality Anne Pressly didn’t end until after her jaw was forced to the back of her head and cut off blood flow to her brain, a medical examiner said Tuesday.
Prosecutors rested their capital murder case against Curtis Lavelle Vance, 29, after testimony from the state’s deputy medical examiner, who spoke about Pressly’s final moments of consciousness.
Vance, of Marianna, has pleaded not guilty to murder, rape and burglary. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
Defense lawyers questioned crime scene technicians about where they did — and did not — find blood, and asked Police Chief Stuart Thomas whether officers explored multiple theories. He said they had.
DNA specialists initially questioned by prosecutors were recalled to the stand to discuss genetic evidence gathered at the scene that didn’t have a match.
Vance’s legal team said it may call two additional witnesses Wednesday, then expects to rest. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza scheduled a court session Wednesday despite the rest of the courthouse being closed for Veterans Day, and jurors could begin deliberations by the end of the day.
Dr. Stephen Erickson said an examination of Pressly’s body after her death revealed that her face shattered “like an egg” during the attack. “I could feel crunchiness” while examining Pressly’s face, he said. A photo he used showed her nose pushed to one side.
Erickson said some type of object likely was used during the attack — the butt of a pistol or perhaps some type of club.
Pressly, the co-host of a morning TV show who had a bit part in the President Bush biopic “W,” was hit so hard that a tooth — root intact — flew to her bedroom floor. Another blow crushed bones in the middle of her face. Another shoved her jaw backward, leaving her brain starved for blood.
Injuries like Pressly’s require a “high degree” of force — and end with a high degree of mortality, Erickson said.
Pressly, 26, was attacked early Oct. 20, 2008, at her home in Little Rock. Her mother, unable to reach Pressly by telephone, found her daughter shortly before she was due on KATV’s “Daybreak” program.
CT scans taken after the attack showed that her swollen brain gradually died. By Oct. 25, 2008, the day Pressly died, her brain was so swollen that no blood could enter.
Erickson said it was possible that Pressly felt pain even after the attack — even if she couldn’t have responded to anyone.
The examiner also said Pressly’s left forearm had an abrasion, consistent with being held tightly, and that her left hand was swollen, blue and broken in five places.
Erickson said Pressly had injuries consistent with being raped. Defense lawyer Katherine Street, however, questioned whether they could have been caused by a medical examination. Erickson said it was possible, but said it appeared they were inflicted about the time of the attack.
On a tape played for jurors Monday, Vance told a police detective that he beat Pressly with a piece of wood that he found in her backyard — but never explained why. “I lose control, she lose control,” Vance said in the February interview.
Police witnesses said DNA evidence linked Vance to Pressly’s death and to a Marianna rape case in which he has pleaded not guilty.
The defense has said police duped Vance into confessing and giving officers a DNA sample to compare with evidence in the case.
Four black men are arrested ‘for beating a white Alabama high school student over Facebook posts supporting Blue Lives Matter’
SAVAGERY AND MURDER: AN EPIDEMIC OF BLACK VIOLENCE AGAINST ELDERLY WHITES
Another terrifying racial reality
October 11, 2016
For quite some time, Democrats and other leftists have lamented the ample presence of whites in America. Oprah Winfrey, for example, memorably remarked that for “racism” to end, old whites “are going to have to die .”
Given the pervasive phenomenon of black-on-elderly white violence and murder, and the utter silence about it, it’s admittedly tempting to think that perhaps the extinction of elderly whites can’t happen quickly enough for some of those on the left.
Whatever the reason for the suppression of this epidemic, black-on-elderly white violence is very, very real.
Paul Monchnik survived combat in World War II. He returned to the United States to build a life and raise a family in Detroit.
Monchnik did not, however, survive the attack on his person and property that 17 year-old George Steward visited upon him in November of last year.
Steward, a black teen who lived with his grandfather next door to Monchnik, entered the latter’s home, beat him, and lit him on fire.
Last week, Steward was convicted of the grisly murder and issued a 30-60 year prison sentence.
The sight of his childhood home consumed in flames and the blood soaked floor where his dad had been beaten Scott Monchnik described as “a scene from hell.” This image, as well as the “terrible sickening feeling I get thinking that my dad’s last hour on Earth was filled with horror and pain,” have left Scott and his family “traumatized,” according to The Detroit News.
It’s what Scott said next that is both especially ominous and telling. The “horror and pain” that his father was made to endure by a young black American male was “worse than anything he went through in the war” (italics added).
Monchnik the senior, his son states, “was brutally taken from us by a monster.”
The monster’s family and friends disagree with this assessment of him. “I feel sorry for the family and for my family as well,” said Taige Steward, the killer’s sister. Her brother is no “monster,” she insists, for “he honestly feels terrible about what happened.”
A friend of the Stewards, Tyrone Davison, reported that the family wants to appeal George Steward’s sentence. “It’s an unfortunate situation on both sides,” remarked Davison. “I think it’s more to the story than what’s been told.”
The reaction on the part of the murderer’s relatives and friends is almost as disturbing as the crime itself. If an entity that beats nearly to death a man 74 years his senior right before setting him ablaze as he drowns in his own blood isn’t a monster, then what is? That anyone, relative or no relative, could so much as think to defend, much less do so aloud, anyone who is guilty of such barbarity is in itself revealing.
A gas station employee testified in court that Steward purchased 50 cents worth of gasoline and a lighter the morning that he brought the WWII veteran’s life to a close.
In other words, Steward planned to kill Monchnik. And he planned to kill him in precisely the way in which he did in fact kill him.
Scott Monchnik said of Steward that he “created a hole in all of us that is filled with anger and hatred, fear and loss.”
The phenomenon of young blacks harming and murdering elderly white people is a dirty little secret that “anti-racists” would prefer to conceal. But it’s real. It’s pervasive.
As recently as two weeks ago in Jackson, Mississippi, 67 year-old Charles Dukes took a fatal bullet to the back of his head as he sat in his car in the parking lot of a credit union. Kenjarell Thomas, 16, and Rashaun Crowley, 23, have both been charged with his murder. As of this moment, it appears the shooting was purely for kicks, for the shooters evidently didn’t rob their prey.
Last week, in Zionsville, Indianna, 82 year-old John Clements was shot dead by a high-powered rifle in his own driveway as he went to get the mail. The police are searching for a black man who a neighbor saw driving off in a white Chevy Impala immediately after the shooting.
In July of 2015, another 82 year-old, a Jewish woman and widow of a Holocaust survivor, was in her Brooklyn home when she was met by intruder Asa Roberts, 18. Roberts, armed with a knife, would rape, beat, choke, and sodomize the little lady over a span of four-and-a-half hours. The woman initially offered to make Roberts a meal in exchange for sparing her the anguish and physical pain to which he would subject her. Her offer, unfortunately, was in vain.
Of her loved one, a relative said of the victim that she “was like a grandmother to him, and he raped her five minutes before he left.”
Roberts, the relative added, “is an animal.”
Once he had enough, Roberts made his victim swear on “a Jewish bible” not to tell anyone about his crimes. Then he stole a bag of her deceased husband’s clothes and left.
After Roberts was caught four days later, the victim still feared returning to her home. A relative said that her “injuries are far worse than previously thought” and that she’s “getting worse, not better.”
To compound the injury, Roberts accused his victim of lying. He didn’t deny breaking into her home, but he denied raping her.
“You can’t imagine how upset we are,” asserted the elderly woman’s relative. “We are livid. It’s beyond disgusting.”
Roberts, this person said, is “a horrible coward.”
Brutal, murderous black-on-elderly attacks are nothing new. Upon the publication of my last article on black-on-white violence, a colleague, to my shock, informed me that to this list of victims, I could add her grandfather.
Albert Angelo Asplint, 70, was living in Houston, Texas in 1993 when he visited Galveston. Asplint was described by those who knew him as “a nice old man who would have done anything to help somebody.” True to form, he offered to drive two strangers, Tyrone Darnell Fields, 19, and Ronnie Ray Franklin, 20, to Texas City.
To repay him for his kindness, the passengers shot Asplint three times and left him to bleed the death along the highway.
Considering that the left bemoans “ageism” and “racism” as obstacles to the creation of the “progressive” society that leftists claim to desire, their refusal to so much as mention the existence of murderous, savage ageism on the part of blacks against elderly whites suggests that they care as much about ageism as they care for racism.
In 2007, in Knoxville, Tennessee, Channon Christian and her boyfriend Christopher Newsom, both in their early 20’s, were carjacked, abducted, and taken to the rental property of their five black kidnappers. Chris was bound, gagged, blindfolded and sodomized with an instrument of some sort as well as by a person. Next, he was shot multiple times in the head, neck, and back. Finally, his body was set on fire, wrapped, and disposed of alongside railroad tracks.
Channon was tortured over a span of hours. The medical examiner reported that she was raped repeatedly, suffering trauma to her vagina, rectum, and mouth. While she was still alive, her assailants poured bleach down her throat and scrubbed her body with it in order to eliminate traces of their DNA.
Three days after Channon and Chris met the scum that would end their young lives, police found Channon’s body stuffed in a garbage bag in a bin. She spent her remaining moments on Earth suffocating.
What are the parents of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom thinking as blacks (and whites) howl over the “white privilege” under which blacks allegedly live?
Larry Taylor (left) and Jalen Watson (right) were arrested in connection with the Amanda Blackburn slaying.
Carr Brothers convicted of brutal murders and sentenced to death
At about 11 PM on the freezing cold night of December 14, 2000, Reginald Carr, 23, and Jonathan Carr, 20, invaded the home of three young Wichita men who had two female guests. The Carr Brothers forced all of them to strip naked. They beat the men and raped the women.
The Carr Brothers are African-Americans. All of their victims, including Ann Walenta, 56, a cellist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, who was shot and died from her wounds a month later, were White. However, according to District Attorney Nola Foulston, ” the fact that the defendants and victims happen to be of different races has no bearing.”
Rodney Earl Saunders, 46, was held without bond following an emotional hearing at the Durant Municipal Building in Mississippi. His wife, Marie Saunders, broke down in tears after she apologized to the relatives of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill – who were found brutally slayed on Thursday. ‘I’m sorry. I don’t know what to say to y’all. I’m so sorry … I’m so sorry. I can’t take this. Oh my God,’ Saunders told the victims’ supporters in the courtroom. Earlier on Monday it was revealed that Sanders has spent ten of the last 16 years behind bars. Records from the Iowa Department of Corrections show he was in prison from June 2004 to February 2011 on a conviction of second-degree robbery. He also was in custody in Iowa from August 1999 to August 2002 on a conviction of theft, and from April to October 1996 for two counts of third-offense drunken driving. Sanders was arrested late Friday and charged with two counts of capital murder in the slayings. He is said to have confessed to the killings – but would not tell police why he did it.
Missing teen Brittanee Drexel (left), who vanished from Myrtle Beach in 2009, may have been raped, shot and fed to alligators by Timothy Da’Shaun Taylor (bottom right), then 16, and father Shaun Taylor, according to an FBI agent. Gerrick Munoz read a report at a bail bond hearing for Da’Shaun Taylor on different charges that a jailhouse confession by Taquan Brown (top right) reveals the girl’s horrific final days.
Don’t anger Black Lives Matters activists by mentioning ‘black-on-black crime’: What Democratic staff were told