Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Link executed in Bonne Terre; death penalty opponents hold vigil in Jackson

47-year old Martin Link was executed this morning in Bonne Terre for the ​the 1991 murder of Elissa Self. Self, just age 11 at the time, went missing after walking to the bus stop. Her body was later found along the banks of the St. Francis River. 

The Interfaith South East Moratorium on Executions held a candlelight vigil at the Cape County Courthouse last night. 

Courtney Kennedy attended the vigil and said, "We just feel that two wrongs don't make a right. We don't want to see two families suffer from the loss of a loved one, although we feel horrible for the Self family, who lost their daughter, Elyssa. We feel that Martin Link's family will be feeling the same pain from what's supposed to happen tonight."

The group has held three vigils, including one for Richard Clay, whose death sentence was commuted to life in prison at the last minute by Governor Jay Nixon. The group says that they are keeping the victims' families in their thoughts.

Ryan Paluczak, KRCU


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