Martin Link was executed by the state of Missouri on February 9, 2011. Martin was pronounced dead at 12:15 am CST, inside the execution chamber at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Martin was 47 years of age. He was executed for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of 11-year-old Elissa Self-Braun on January 11, 1991, near St. Louis, Missouri. Martin spent the last 16 years of his life on Missouri’s death row.
Martin alleged that during his childhood, he was physically, sexually, and emotionally abused. As a young teenager, Martin began abusing alcoholic, marijuana, and inhalants. While in prison, Martin earned his GED.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Elissa Self-Braun. Please pray for the family of Martin.