Missouri man executed for 1989 killing of 17-year-old girl

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BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A man convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 17-year-old girl in suburban St. Louis has been executed in Missouri, marking the state’s fifth execution in as many months.

Jeffrey Ferguson was lethally injected just after midnight Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre.

The 59-year-old was accused of kidnapping Kelli Hall as she finished her shift at a Mobil gas station in St. Charles on Feb. 9, 1989.

Her frozen body was found 13 days later on a St. Louis County farm.

Ferguson had expressed remorse for the crime. Supporters said he’d found religion, counseled other inmates and helped start a prison hospice program.

But St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Ferguson’s good deeds in prison didn’t make up for the senseless killing of an innocent teenager.

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