CRIME

Missouri inmate pressing 11th-hour appeals he hopes derails scheduled execution Tuesday

This Dec. 1, 2013 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows David Zink, who was convicted of abducting and killing 19-year-old Amanda Morton in 2001. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP)

This Dec. 1, 2013 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows David Zink, who was convicted of abducting and killing 19-year-old Amanda Morton in 2001. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Missouri inmate who abducted and killed a 19-year-old woman in 2001 is asking state and federal appeals courts to spare him from execution.

Attorneys for 55-year-old David Zink has appeals pending Monday with the Missouri Supreme Court, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. A clemency request also was in Gov. Jay Nixon's hands.

Zink is scheduled to face lethal injection Tuesday.

He was sentenced to death in 2004 after being convicted of tying Amanda Morton of Strafford to a cemetery tree and snapping her neck before slicing her spinal cord to make sure she would not survive.

Zink served as his own attorney at trial but was assisted by a public defender during the trial's punishment phase.