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Arrest made in 1979 Missouri slaying case

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. | A 61-year-old man recently paroled after serving time for kidnapping now faces charges in a southeast Missouri woman's 1979 slaying.

Max Allen Ellison Jr. was arrested Friday on first-degree murder and robbery charges. He was taken into custody by U.S. marshals in Christian County and was to be transported to Cape Girardeau County.

His bond was set at $10 million cash only.

Ellison used to work as a sheriff's deputy in Stoddard County. But more recently, prosecutors say, he had been an inmate at a federal correctional facility. He served part of a 65-year sentence for kidnapping before being paroled.

Ellison is now accused of killing 24-year-old Deborah Martin. She was found dead in September 1979 near a staircase in the building where she lived and ran a plant store.

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