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Fla. man to be executed in girl's slaying

Larry Eugene Mann
Posted at 3:27 AM, Apr 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-09 23:28:50-04

STARKE, Fla. (AP) - A man who kidnapped and killed a 10-year-old Pinellas County girl more than 32-years ago is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection.

 

      Barring any last minute stays, Larry Eugene Mann will begin carrying out his sentence at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

      Elisa Vera Nelson was last seen riding her bike to school. She had a note in her pocket explaining she was late because of a dentist appointment.

 

      Mann kidnapped her, took her to an orange grove, cut her throat and then beat her head with a pole with a concrete base. He then went home and tried to kill himself, telling the responding police officers he had "done something stupid."

 

      Then-Gov. Bob Graham signed Mann's first death warrant in 1986, but appeals dragged out his case.