Larry Eugene Mann, convicted child murderer from Pinellas County, became the 95th person executed by the state of Florida April 10.
He was executed by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison near Raiford and pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m. His death came 32 years and five months after he murdered Elisa Nelson on Nov. 4, 1980, and nearly 32 years after he was first sentenced to death on March 26, 1981.
Gov. Rick Scott signed a second execution order March 1. Mann was granted a stay of his first execution date in 1986.
Mann, 59, was found guilty March 19, 1981 of kidnapping and murdering a 10-year-old Palm Harbor girl. A judge sentenced him to death on March 21. Since that time, Mann has filed a series of appeals, and his sentence was overturned and reinstated twice. His execution date in 1986 was stayed.
According to arrest records, Elisa was riding her bicycle to school the day Mann kidnapped her. She was late due to a dentist appointment and carried a note from her mother explaining her absence. When she didn’t show up for school, authorities began a search, which turned up her bicycle later the same day in a ditch about a mile away from her school.
Searchers found Elisa’s body the next day in a nearby orange grove. Cause of death was a blow to the head by a cement-encased steel pipe found next to her body. There were no signs of molestation, according to the Medical Examiner.
Records show that Mann attempted suicide the day he murdered Elisa. He reportedly told police who responded that he had “done something stupid and needed help.”
Mann’s wife found the bloodstained note that Elisa’s mom had written in her husband’s truck Nov. 8, 1980. Law enforcement also found a bloodstain with Elisa and Mann’s blood types in the truck. Mann was arrested on Nov. 10, 1980.