Update: Wednesday, February 11, 2015   1:25 am EST

 

Walter Storey has been executed by the state of Missouri.  Read the full story here.

 

 

Update: Tuesday, February 10, 2015   9:25 pm EST

 

Walter Storey has had his request for a stay of execution denied.  Earlier this evening the Supreme Court of the United States, by a vote of 5-4, rejected his request for a stay of execution.  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has also rejected a request for clemency.

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Update: Monday, February 8, 2015   12:30 pm EST

 

Walter Timothy Storey  is scheduled to be executed shortly after 12:00 am CST, on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Forty-seven-year-old Walter is convicted of murdering 36-year-old Jill Frey in her St. Charles, Missouri apartment on February 2, 1990.  Walter has spent the last 23 years on Missouri’s death row.

 

Walter had previously worked as a boat builder, although he was unemployed at the time of the murder.  He had no prior prison record.

 

On Friday, February 2, 1990, Walter Storey received a divorce petition from his estranged wife.  It is thought that this greatly upset him, leading him to drink heavily that night.  Either later Friday night or very early Saturday morning, Storey ran out of alcohol in the apartment he shared with his mother.  Storey decided to rob his neighbor, Jill Frey, a special education teacher.

 

Storey climbed up Jill’s balcony and entered her apartment through an unlocked sliding glass door.  He brutally beat Jill, tearing off an eyelid, fracturing five ribs, stabbing her at least five times, and injuring her forehead, nose, cheeks, scalp, lips, and tongue.  Jill also had defensive wounds on her arms and hands.  Jill had two fatal neck wounds, which cut through her jugular veins, airway, esophagus, and into her spine.  After killing Jill, Storey stole her car keys, purse and car.

 

The following day, Storey returned to the apartment and attempted to wipe down the apartment and cover up any evidence, including scrubbing Jill’s fingernails, throwing away bloody clothing, and disposing of other evidence, including stolen items.  Jill’s body was found after she failed to show up for work on Monday.

 

Storey confessed to stealing from Jill, however, he claimed that he did not kill her.  Rather, Storey insisted that a man forced Storey into Jill’s apartment and killed her, believe she was his mother.  Storey was convicted and sentenced to death on November 26, 1991.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Jill Frey.  Please pray for the family of Walter Storey.  Please pray that if Walter is innocent, evidence will be revealed before his execution.  Please pray that Walter will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus, Christ, if he has not already.

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