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Missouri Execution, First of the Year, Carried Out Despite Stay Attempt

By    |   Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 09:17 AM

Missouri's first execution of the year Wednesday came after a split U.S. Supreme Court decided not to stop the lethal injection of Walter Storey after controversy erupted surrounding the state's refusal to reveal the cocktail of drugs it uses.

Storey, 47, was convicted in the 1990 stabbing and beating death of Jill Frey, his neighbor and a special education teacher. He was put to death at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday at the Department of Corrections in Bonne Terre, Missouri, according to NBC News.

Storey's legal team sought a stay, arguing against the state's use of the drug midazolam as a sedative before the execution. Midazolam was put in the national spotlight because of problems with its use in several executions around the country last year, NBC News noted.

The appeal also focused on Missouri's refusal to reveal which compounding pharmacy supplied the killer dose of pentobarbital for the execution and whether the lethal injection infringed upon Storey's constitutional rights.

Jeff Frey, Jill Frey's brother, said in a statement that Storey had been through three trials in addition to appeals, and that the victim's family had waited long enough for his execution, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

"Unfortunately, we have had to endure and suffer through all the countless delays and re-trials when there was absolutely no doubt that two days after this brutal murder took place they had the right guy — a guy that we can truly call a terrorist," Jeff Frey said in his statement.

"To say Jill was a special person is an understatement. Having Jill taken from us not only affected her family and friends' lives but all the special needs children that she taught and loved, all the children she could have taught and been enriched by her love. Her never-ending desire was to give of herself always. This world lost a very special and beautiful person."

Missouri Department of Corrections director George Lombardi focused on Jill Frey in his statement after the execution.

"Twenty-five years ago this month, Jill Frey was murdered in a brutal manner, in what should have been the safety of her own home," Lombardi said. "Tonight, I ask Missourians to remember Jill Frey, and keep her loved ones in their thoughts and prayers."

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Missouri's first execution of the year Wednesday came after a split U.S. Supreme Court decided not to stop the lethal injection of Walter Storey after controversy erupted surrounding the state's refusal to reveal the cocktail of drugs it uses.
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