Martin Link

Morning round-up
9:13 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Morning headlines: Mo. executes Martin Link, push to make Mo. a "right-to-work" state, Mo. lawmakers try again to restrict protests around funerals

Martin Link was executed on Wednesday morning for the murder of 11-year-old Elissa Self-Braun. It's the state's first execution in nearly two years. (UPI/Mo. Dept. Corrections)
  • The state of Missouri has carried out its first execution in nearly two years. Early this morning, 47-year-old Martin Link was put to death for the 1991 kidnapping, rape and murder of 11-year-old Elissa Self-Braun. Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Cline says Link died by lethal injection shortly after midnight at the state prison in Bonne Terre. On Monday, Gov.
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Martin Link
5:17 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Nixon denies clemency to Link, Missouri prepares for first execution in 2 years

Martin Link, scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, Feb. 9, was denied clemency by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today. (Missouri Department of Corrections website)

UPDATE 2:08 p.m. Feb. 8, 2011:

The Missouri Supreme Court is refusing to halt the execution of Martin Link.

The court announced the decision without comment on Tuesday.

Link's attorney, Jennifer Herndon, says two appeals (mentioned in our original story below) are still pending before the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Original Story:

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Morning headlines: Mo. preparing for execution, Ill. cities deplete snow budgets, cocaine and oxydone found in Adrienne Martin's blood

Martin Link is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, Feb. 9 for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Elissa Self in 1991. (Mo. Dept. of Corrections website)

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