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Former deputy sheriff charged in 30-year-old cold case murder

Max Allen Ellison, Jr., (Photo courtesy Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor) Max Allen Ellison, Jr., (Photo courtesy Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor)
Deborah Logan Martin (Photo courtesy Christian County Sheriff's Dept.) Deborah Logan Martin (Photo courtesy Christian County Sheriff's Dept.)

By Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A former Stoddard County deputy sheriff faces charges for the 30-year-old cold case murder of a Cape Girardeau woman.

Max Allen Ellison, Jr., 61, faces first degree murder and first degree robbery charges in the death of Deborah Logan Martin on September 16, 1979.

Martin's nude body was found on on September 17, 1979 lying on the floor underneath a balcony near a staircase in a house at 605 Broadway in Cape Girardeau, according to Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle.

Ellison is accused of killing Martin while robbing her, according to the warrent for arrest.

An autopsy at the time determined Martin died from a beating and the 14-foot fall.  Martin was 24 years old when she died.

Ellison, who now lives in Nixa, Missouri, was taken into custody by officers with the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force in Christian County on Friday.

His bond is set at $10 million.

Ellison has been previously convicted of the following felonies: armed robbery, kidnapping, use of a firearm in a crime of violence, and interstate transportation of stolen property.

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