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Coroner: Suspect in 1979 Cape murder died from natural causes

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Max Ellison Jr. enters the courtroom at the Cape Girardeau County courthouse in Jackson for a preliminary hearing in this file photo.
(Fred Lynch)
Cape Girardeau County Coroner John Clifton closed the investigation into the death of Max Ellison on Wednesday, finding the suspect in a 1979 Cape Girardeau murder died of natural causes, according to a news release from Clifton's office.

In the release, Clifton said a review of Cape Girardeau County Jail records, medical records at the hospital where Ellison died and the preliminary autopsy report showed Ellison's death was a natural one.

Ellison died over the weekend at an undisclosed area hospital.

Ellison, 61, faced charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the death of Deborah L. Martin. Before he was hospitalized, Ellison had been incarcerated on a $10 million cash-only bond in the Cape Girardeau County Jail as he awaited a March 29 jury trial.

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The Missourian must be on a different disclosure list than the rest of the media, because KZIM has been reporting all week that the "undisclosed area hospital" is St. Francis.

-- Posted by Marion_Morrison on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 5:58 PM

Marion_Morrison.....Did you really have a need to know in which hospital Mr Ellison died?

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 9:28 PM

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