BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri inmate who killed a 19-year-old woman after sexually attacking her and tying her to a cemetery tree has been executed.
Fifty-five-year-old David Zink was put to death by injection Tuesday at a state prison south of St. Louis after the U.S. Supreme Court and Gov. Jay Nixon declined to intervene.
Zink was a paroled sex offender in 2001 when he abducted Amanda Morton after hitting her car on an Interstate 44 exit ramp a mile from her home. He told investigators he feared his drunken fender-bender could violate his parole and send him back to prison.
Jurors convicted Zink in 2004 and recommended a death sentence.
Corrections Department spokesman Mike O’Connell said Zink was pronounced dead at 7:41 p.m.