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Larry Mann executed for Palm Harbor girl's 1980 killing
Tampa Bay Times ^ | 4/10/13

Posted on 04/10/2013 11:16:31 PM PDT by Impala64ssa

STARKE — Larry Eugene Mann, who crushed a little girl's skull 32 years ago, died Wednesday night as chemicals coursed through his veins.

Mann was executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison for the murder of 10-year-old Elisa Vera Nelson, whom he abducted one morning in 1980 as she rode her bicycle to school in Palm Harbor.

He was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. He was 59.

Afterward, Jeff Nelson, Elisa's brother, stood in the light of a setting sun outside the prison, joining a crowd of about 50 people who turned out to offer support. Nelson, who was 12 when his sister was killed, thanked authorities for the capture and prosecution of Mann. He also thanked Gov. Rick Scott, who signed Mann's death warrant.

For three decades, he said, lawyers have talked about how Mann has changed in prison, how he studied the Bible and prayed and expressed remorse.

But no one ever talked about Elisa, he said.

She had a cheeky grin and bested a little league team full of boys. She was a cheerleader and dancer who loved to play teacher and tutored neighborhood kids.

She was a fun-loving fifth-grader with big blue eyes and shades of gold running through long, blond hair. She loved reading and learning and meeting new people. She tumbled through gymnastic lessons. At home, she hung posters of John Travolta on her bedroom wall. She had a cat named Smokey and a dog named Stupid.

Her parents, David and Wendy Nelson, moved to Florida from Michigan in the early 1970s and started a successful construction business.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: deathpenalty; lethalinjection
If mann grew a beard and turned to mohamhead instead of Jesus, would he have had his sentence commuted?
1 posted on 04/10/2013 11:16:31 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

No, but he would have become a media darling.

Why this bastard got to live an additional 33 years after the murder would be my question. You’d think the prison system would rather they die from old age before they meet Ol’ Sparky (how I miss him).


2 posted on 04/10/2013 11:22:21 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Better late than never, I guess. But 33 years is a long time to leave the victim’s family waiting for closure.
It’s cruel and inhumane.


3 posted on 04/10/2013 11:25:35 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

He was on death row for 3 years longer than I have been alive.


4 posted on 04/10/2013 11:27:04 PM PDT by darkangel82
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To: Impala64ssa
If someone kills my kid like that I'll kill him myself before he'd rot in prison for 32 years.

This is not Justice, Life in prison is not right.
Death to all murderers. .

It would be better to execute someone by mistake then let someone like him live in jail for 32 years. I believe in everlasting life and the person who is put to death by mistake will have plenty of time to get right with the LORD, and will live in heaven forever.

5 posted on 04/10/2013 11:30:47 PM PDT by factmart
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To: darkangel82

And 23 years longer than his victim’s entire life.


6 posted on 04/10/2013 11:43:24 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: All
Look at this little beauty:


7 posted on 04/10/2013 11:46:38 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Impala64ssa

Thirty-two years - too many.


8 posted on 04/10/2013 11:51:32 PM PDT by meadsjn
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To: Impala64ssa

RIP Elisa, your death has been avenged.


9 posted on 04/11/2013 12:03:38 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Impala64ssa
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

— Ecclesiastes 8:11
This man should have been dead decades ago. The effect of the huge delay in delivering his punishment is reflected in the behavior of so many today.
10 posted on 04/11/2013 12:27:50 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Trying to find a silver lining here, consider this. The POS got to serve a life term first and then be executed. Win-win if you ask me.


11 posted on 04/11/2013 12:55:41 AM PDT by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: Impala64ssa

He would have been executed yrs ago if he capped a black thug youth in self defense....


12 posted on 04/11/2013 1:03:24 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Impala64ssa

I know the area.... He drove at least 35 miles to Hwy 39 from where he a abducted her....

I can only imagine the terror she endured before getting her head smashed in... By this POS...

He should have been dead 24 hours after his first appeal....


13 posted on 04/11/2013 1:28:27 AM PDT by JZoback
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To: Impala64ssa

Good riddance to bad rubbish.


14 posted on 04/11/2013 1:42:56 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq He could sure play that axe. RIP anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Impala64ssa

32 years of injustice... they should have put a bullet in his head when the jury said guilty.


15 posted on 04/11/2013 2:12:37 AM PDT by maddog55 (America Rising.... Civil War II)
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To: Impala64ssa

If it were my family I would bring BILLBOARD sized death scene/autopsy photos of the victim and duct tape them to the anti-death penalty protesters faces.

Once again, the Daily Mail trumps the rather weak Tribune article:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2307252/Florida-man-kidnapped-10-year-old-girl-way-school-slit-throat-executed-lethal-injection-33-years-gruesome-crime.html?ito=feeds-newsxml


16 posted on 04/11/2013 2:48:29 AM PDT by wolficatZ (Hey blue states....Got Food?)
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To: Impala64ssa

California has about 700 of these people sitting on death row.

They will be sitting there until they die of natural causes.

The death penalty is no deterrent when they get to live and have 3 hots and a cot for 33 years before execution.

One thing is certain, as long as they have a buck for a lawyer, there will be a lawyer there to take it and keep them alive.


17 posted on 04/11/2013 3:38:08 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Impala64ssa
A forensic exam of Elisa's bike turned up a set of fingerprints under the seat and near the front tire. They belonged to Mann.

But the case's biggest break came a few days later when Mann's wife, Donna, went to his truck to retrieve his glasses. On the front seat, she found Wendy Nelson's note excusing Elisa for being late to school. It was stained with blood. She gave the note to detectives.

They had the guy's fingerprints but didn't search his truck?

18 posted on 04/11/2013 4:33:25 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Olog-hai

That combined with the ever increasing likelihood of having an initial death sentence overturned have destroyed the preventative effect of capital punishment.

If criminals convicted of a capital crime were put to death in the same year...while the crime is still fresh in everyone’s minds...capital punishment would not doubt have a preventative effect in the minds of criminals thinking about a capital crime.


19 posted on 04/11/2013 4:34:15 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: maddog55

Justice delayed is justice denied. It is that simple. There was no justice here, just legal hand wringing for over 32 years. Disgusting.


20 posted on 04/11/2013 4:35:17 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: Impala64ssa

Hey Texas like you, if you kill someone we Kill you Back in Florida also. Took to long though should have happened a week after the killing.


21 posted on 04/11/2013 4:38:23 AM PDT by bikerman ("A gun is like a parachute. If you need one and don't have it you wont need one again.)
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To: Impala64ssa
Mann had a last meal of fried shrimp, fish and scallops, stuffed crabs, hot butter rolls, cole slaw, pistachio ice cream and Pepsi.

Isn't that special.

22 posted on 04/11/2013 4:39:18 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Impala64ssa

32 years is too long. Should be about 32 hours.


23 posted on 04/11/2013 4:40:16 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Impala64ssa

Thirty years is a travesty. He should have been dead at least 25 years by now.


24 posted on 04/11/2013 4:43:27 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: Impala64ssa

Better late than never; good riddance and rot in hell.


25 posted on 04/11/2013 5:05:54 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: Impala64ssa

That took more than 30 years longer than it should, but I’m glad to hear the good news.


26 posted on 04/11/2013 5:11:36 AM PDT by Pollster1 (A war can only be just if it is fought with a reasonable chance of success.)
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To: Impala64ssa
My only problem with this is that it didn't happen 33 years ago.
27 posted on 04/11/2013 5:11:41 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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