Anne Pressly

Anne Pressly

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The mother of a murdered TV anchor can proceed with a lawsuit claiming outrageous behavior by a hospital and three workers who illegally looked at her daughter's medical files.

Patricia Cannady is suing St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, where her daughter Anne Pressly spent the last days of her life.

Cannady found her 26-year-old daughter unconscious from a severe beating and rape at her home in 2008.

Pressly, an anchorwoman at KATV, was taken to St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, where she died 5 days later having never regained consciousness.

Dr. Jay Holland, a family physician who did not treat Pressly, was accused of looking at Pressly's electronic file from home.

In 2009, he, Candida Griffin and Sarah Elizabeth Miller pleaded guilty to wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison. In their plea agreements, all three said they viewed the file out of personal curiosity and didn't pass information to other people.

Curtis Lavelle Vance, 29, was convicted of capital murder in Pressly's death and sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecution witnesses said DNA evidence linked Vance to Pressly's death and to a separate rape case in which he has pleaded not guilty.