Missouri executes man for 1991 child rape, murder


WASHINGTON — A Missouri man was executed Wednesday for the 1991 kidnap, rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl. Martin Link was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. (0615 GMT), 14 minutes after being given a lethal injection at Bonne Terre prison, the Missouri Department of Corrections said. It was the state’s first execution in two years and its second since late 2005. The 47-year-old was first sentenced to death in 1995.

Elissa Self-Braun had gone missing while walking to her school bus stop. Investigators later discovered her body along the St. Francis River, south of her hometown of St. Louis. They subsequently found a jar of Vaseline inside Link’s vehicle with traces of blood mixed with the petroleum jelly. A DNA test confirmed Link was a match with evidence found on the girl’s body.