CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KAIT) - A Region 8 man accused in a 30-year-old murder will not stand trial.
61-year-old Max Ellison died Saturday.
Ellison was a former Stoddard County Sheriff's deputy.
He was suspected in the 1979 murder of Deborah Martin of Cape Girardeau.
Prosecutors claimed they had a taped confession.
Earlier this year Ellison pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and armed robbery.
He was awaiting a March 2010 trial when he died Saturday in Cape Girardeau.
The coroner believes Ellison died of natural causes.