Execution date set for Missouri inmate Martin Link

Friday, January 7, 2011 | 12:58 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date for Martin Link, convicted in the 1991 death of an 11-year-old St. Louis girl.

Link is scheduled to be executed Feb. 9. Missouri has not had an execution since 2009, but Richard Clay is scheduled to die by injection Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre.

Elissa Self disappeared on the morning of Jan. 11, 1991, as she walked to her school bus stop. Her body was found four days later along the St. Francis River, 135 miles south of St. Louis in Wayne County.

Later that month, police in suburban St. Louis tried to pull over Link for having a headlight out. After he fled and crashed, officers found petroleum jelly with flecks of blood. DNA evidence connected Link to the murder.

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Kevin James January 9, 2011 | 3:48 a.m.

He got to live 20 years more then that little girl did. She died a horrible death, he gets put to sleep before he dies. Only one thing wrong with the death penalty, takes to long and not enough get it...!

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