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Missouri Executes Jeffrey Ferguson

BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- A convicted inmate has been executed by the state of Missouri for the 1989 murder of a St. Louis County teenager.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- A convicted inmate has been executed for the 1989 murder of a St. Louis County teenager.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety reports Jeffrey Ferguson, 59,  has died by a lethal injection of pentobarbital at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre. The execution was carried out at 12:01 a.m. He was pronounced dead ten minutes later.  

Ferguson and another man, Kenneth Ousley, abducted 17-year-old Kelli Hall from the St. Charles gas station she was working at on February 9, 1989. Her body was found three weeks later on a nearby farm. DNA evidence found on Hall’s coat was matched to Ferguson.

Ferguson and Ousley were charged with first degree murder but Ousley pleaded guilty and received a life sentence.

Missouri’s Attorney General has issued a statement following the execution early this morning of Jeffrey Ferguson at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre.

In the statement, Chris Koster says, “More than two decades have passed since Jeffrey Ferguson kidnapped, raped, and murdered seventeen-year-old Kelli Hall. While this sentence cannot bring Kelli back, her parents have waited a quarter-century for justice for their daughter. My thoughts and prayers tonight are with Kelli Hall’s family and friends, in the hope that they can now have a degree of closure and finality on this awful crime.”


(Mike Lear, Missourinet)

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