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CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) - One day before his scheduled execution, convicted killer David Zink spoke with News11 by telephone.  Zink murdered 19-year-old Amanda Morton after abducting and sexually assaulting her.  He declined to answer questions, and instead read a prepared statement.

“I can’t imagine the pain and anguish one experiences when they learn that someone has killed a loved one, and I offer my sincerest apology to Amanda Morton’s family and friends for my actions.  I hope my execution brings them the peace and satisfaction they seek,” Zink told us.

Last month we showed you the chilling jailhouse confession Zink made to investigators.

Zink admitted killing 19-year-old Amanda Morton in 2001.  She was from Strafford, Mo.  Authorities say Zink was drinking and driving when he rear ended Morton’s vehicle.  Zink told authorities he killed Morton because he was on parole, and was afraid she would report him for drinking and driving.

He confessed to taking the teen to a cemetery, tying her to a tree and breaking her neck.  During his video-taped confession with investigators, Zink said he wasn’t sure Morton was dead at that point.

“That’s when I decided to cut her spinal cord,” said Zink during his confession.  “You ain`t going to live through that.  That’s when I took out the knife and I cut her.”

During his statement Monday, Zink also apologized to his family and friends.

“I kept my promise to fight this case for their benefit, and although it was unsuccessful to prevent the execution, we have been successful in exposing some serious flaws that offend the basic concept of the American justice system,” said Zink.

Zink’s attorneys have filed last minute appeals with the U.S. Supreme Court.   Empower Missouri filed a separate lawsuit challenging the state for the way it obtains the drug used to carry out executions.  The group hoped the lawsuit would halt the execution, but that lawsuit was dismissed Monday.

The Executive Director for Empower Missouri is former State Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford.  She said an attorney was in the process of appealing the dismissal.

“We don’t believe that the death penalty does anything to make our society a better place,” said Mott Oxford.  “It’s a very costly sentence to carry out, and it’s irreversible if you get it wrong.”​