"We want him to know how strong we are in standing together to see him face trial, and ultimately conviction. This is a capital murder case. and we fully anticipate that this will be tried and he will be convicted as a capital murderer, and be sentenced appropriately," Pressly's father Guy Cannady said on "Good Morning America" today. "It's a relief to have this character off the street. Certainly, the public safety issue has been removed."
Vance has no previous record of crimes except for traffic violations in Little Rock and Marianna that resulted in a suspended driver's license, and McCree said the alleged killer had no record of any serious crimes that he knew of.
Some wonder how a man without a history of violent crime could have a connection to such a macabre case.
"I'm not sure we'll ever find an answer to that," Hastings said. "He is obviously a person ... that found that to be something that he wanted to do. But the reason behind that and his thinking, we may never know. He has talked with the detectives, but he's not been forthcoming with a whole lot of information."
So far, police have offered no motive for Vance's alleged crime and seem to have no indication of what it could be.
Patti Cannady found her daughter in her Little Rock apartment after the television journalist missed a wake up call. She went to check on her daughter and found the severely injured Pressly. The Little Rock ABC affiliate, KATV, morning anchorwoman died of her injuries five days after the attack without regaining consciousness.
"We don't think there's any connection there. We think it's an opportunity that he saw. May have seen Anne at a gas station or some place else and simply followed her and took advantage of the situation there. But we can't find any connection between these two at all," Hastings said.
Patti Cannady speculated Vance may have become fixated on her daughter after watching her on television, and said she hoped the arraignment would begin to resolve just what happened to her daughter.
"I feel very strongly that we have a lot of unanswered questions, and we look forward to hearing the truth," she said. "He's taken the light of the world for all of her friends and her family that loved her deeply. And as it is, our life has almost ended."
Almost immediately after announcing him as a suspect, releasing his photo and asking for the community's help on-air, police had Vance in custody.
"In about 50 minutes, we knew where he was at and had him in custody," Hastings said.
"He was found in Little Rock at a relative's house," McCree said.