ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has denied clemency for a St. Louis-area man facing execution for kidnapping, raping and strangling a 17-year-old girl in 1989.
Nixon announced Tuesday evening, just hours before the scheduled execution of 59-year-old Jeffrey Ferguson, that he would not halt the lethal injection.
Ferguson is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
But appeals are still pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal appeals court. Ferguson's lawyers are challenging, among other things, the state's refusal to disclose where it gets its execution drugs.
His victim, Kelli Hall, was kidnapped on Feb. 9, 1989, from a Mobil gas station in St. Charles where her work shift was about to end. Her frozen body was found 13 days later on a St. Louis County farm.