US Supreme Court appeal filed for child murderer Larry Eugene Mann

1:01 PM, Apr 8, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - Lawyers for a man scheduled to be executed Wednesday for kidnapping and murdering a Pinellas County girl 33 years ago have filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The appeal comes less than a week after the state Supreme Court unanimously rejected the argument that Larry Eugene Mann shouldn't be executed because the jury that recommended the death sentence wasn't unanimous.

Mann's lawyers also argue that his constitutional rights were violated because Gov. Rick Scott signed his death warrant through a standardless and secret process.

Mann kidnapped and murdered 10-year-old Elisa Nelson. Mann smashed her head with a piece of concrete-encased steel pipe and later tried to kill himself by slashing his wrists. While in the hospital, he told police he had "done something stupid."

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