According to a news post on CBS News, Curtis Lavelle Vance said that he used a wooden-handled garden tool to beat Anne Pressly to death after she woke up and found him in her room. His trial is set to begin today. At question is whether the “confession” was obtained from Vance improperly.
Improperly? OK, so we have the presumption of innocence until proven guilty but the article gives every reason to believe that the statement was made freely and that the person responsible for this terrible crime has been caught and will be held responsible for it.
The better question is whether a person who could commit this crime and in this manner is mentally fit to stand trial. I’m not suggesting that he should be let off, but certainly, his level of reason and sanity is questionable.
The trial is expected to run a week which means by this time next week, perhaps we’ll have some better answers. The evidence will be out and a verdict should be reached by then. Let’s wait and see.