Coroner: Suspect in 1979 Cape murder died from natural causes
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.