TV Anchor Dies Days After Attack

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2008 9:39 PM CDT
News anchor Anne Pressly, 26, is shown in a June 26, 2008, photo in Little Rock, Ark.   (AP Photo/KATV Television)

(Newser) – An Arkansas newscaster who was brutally beaten in her home earlier this week died today from her injuries, reports her home station of KATV. Anne Pressly, 26, had been sedated in intensive care since the assault and unable to communicate with police or her family. Doctors said only yesterday they were hopeful she'd recover. Police have no suspects or motive.

Pressly's mother found her Monday morning when she didn't answer phone calls. Her attacker severely beat her around her head, face, and neck, then took her purse. Authorities haven't ruled out the possibility of a stalker, but they have no leads on that front. In addition to her Arkansas anchor work, Pressly had a bit role in Oliver Stone's movie W.