Missouri man executed for killing neighbor in 1990; 1st execution in the state this year

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In this Jan. 1, 2012 photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is Walter Storey of St. Charles, Mo., who faces the death penalty for killing Jill Frey in 1990. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)


ST. LOUIS — A Missouri man convicted of breaking into his neighbor's home and slitting her throat 25 years ago has been executed.

Walter Timothy Storey was put to death early Wednesday for killing 36-year-old special education teacher Jill Frey in February 1990 in a St. Louis suburb. It was Missouri's first execution this year after a state-record 10 in 2014.

Storey lived in a St. Charles apartment with his mother and was drinking beer and angry about a pending divorce. When he ran out of beer, he broke into Frey's apartment to steal money for more beer.

Storey beat Frey and slit her throat so deeply that her spine was damaged.

Storey twice had convictions thrown out due to court errors. He was sentenced to death a third time in 1999.

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