KATV anchorwoman, who just appeared in in the film about George W. Bush, "W," was beaten, the day after the film showing, in Little Rock,Arkansas. She died Saturday, October 25th.
She had been so badly beaten that doctors reported "Every bone in her face was broken". Investigators aren't sure whether she was the random victim of a home invasion or a target because of her high-profile job, or if the beating was a result of her appearance in the film "W".
Police and others observed that this beating appeared to not be motivated by "rape" or "robbery", but was meant to punish her.
"(It) is possible that it is something other than robbery," police spokeswoman Cassandra Davis said. "Our detectives are talking with co-workers because she was a public figure, because she was on the news, in the media."
Pressly, 26, was found Monday a half-hour before she was due on the set of "Daybreak," a morning mix of news and features on Little Rock's ABC affiliate. Her mother discovered the anchorwoman battered and bloodied after she didn't answer a wake-up call.
Pressly was in her bed, unresponsive and bleeding from her head. She had been beaten by "blunt trauma" and was also "stabbed". Davis described the injuries as "severe wounds". KATV, citing investigators, said her injuries were from blunt force trauma to the head and upper body.
There was no sign of forced entry into her home, suggesting it was either done by someone allowed in the house, or by a professional. Asked whether Pressly may have been targeted because of her job, Davis said officers were talking to station employees to determine whether Pressly "has had any problems." Davis would not discuss specifics.
In a statement, KATV president and general manager Dale Nicholson said the anchorwoman "is a person who simply lights up the room, by just walking in.
"The KATV family is having to deal with a personal crisis in our lives with the senseless brutality last night to one of our Daybreak anchors, Anne Pressly," Nicholson said Monday. "I know her viewers will join her family as well as the KATV family in praying for a speedy recovery for Anne, who means so much to all of our staff."
The last known contact with Pressly was between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Davis said Pressly's mother, Patricia Cannady, regularly gives her daughter a wake-up call and went to her home when Pressly didn't answer.
Pressly won a role in the new Oliver Stone movie "W" after traveling to Shreveport, La. — where much of the movie was filmed — to work on a story on the region's film industry. The movie's casting director noticed her and cast her to appear as a conservative commentator who speaks favorably of Bush's "Mission Accomplished" event on an aircraft carrier shortly after the start of the Iraq war.
Kate Hubin, a spokeswoman for the film company Lionsgate, confirmed Pressly's role but declined further comment.
Ann Pressly was 26 years old. Her father stated "Someone wanted to hurt her".
Later, November 19th, the police found a suspect that had apparently raped another woman. They now have changed their story, stating that: "The motive may have been robbery".