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Clock Ticks Down For Missouri Death Row Inmate

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -  Gov. Jay Nixon has denied clemency for a man who is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 11-year-old girl in 1991.

Nixon said the factors that led to the conviction of Martin Link, 47, in the case of Elissa Self have not changed.

The girl disappeared while walking to her school bus stop and her body was found four days later.

“Martin Link’s violent crimes affected numerous victims,” Nixon said in a statement. “As this case reaches its conclusion
and the sentence is carried out, I ask that Missourians remember Elissa Self-Braun and keep her family, and the victims of his other crimes, in their thoughts and prayers.”

Link’s attorney, Jennifer Herndon, has two court appeals pending, one before a federal judge, the other before the Missouri Supreme Court.

Both question the legality of Missouri’s lethal injection protocol.

“He absolutely knows it could go either way,” Herndon said.  “He’s hopeful but realistic.”
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved

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