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Bonne Terre man executed in the kidnapping & rape of woman 20 years ago

In Bonne Terre, Jeffrey Ferguson, 59, was executed in connection with the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Kelli Hall,17, year old female of Saint Louis County about 20-years ago. Reportedly, Kelli has been working the night shift at a gas station in Saint Charles when she was abducted on 9-February 1989. Her body was discovered 13-days later on a farm in Saint Louis County. At the time, the police concluded that the victim was raped and strangled to death.

On Monday, 24-March 2014, Ferguson was executed by lethal injection at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Reportedly, Ferguson showed no remorse even in the end as he mocked the victims's family members through the observation room while making funny and yet very disturbing faces at them. Also at the prison were Ferguson's daughters as they cried over their father. He was pronounced dead at 12:11 a.m.

Ferguson made a final statement prior to his death:

"I'm sorry to have to be the cause that brings you all into this dark business of execution. I pray for the victim's family to have peace in their hearts one day and lose the anger, hate and need for revenge that has driven them."

The victim's father, mother, and brother were also present during the execution. According to the victim's father, Ferguson had been on death row for over 2 decades and should have been executed years ago!

The Kidnapping

Apparently, Jeffrey Ferguson and a friend of his, Kenneth Ousely were at a Shell gas station across the street from the Mobil gas station where the victim worked. Kelli went outside to check the tanks when the two men pulled up in a Chevrolet Blazer and held her a gunpoint forcing her into the vehicle. A coworker called the police after realizing that she had vanished from work and did not appear to be at home. The victim's purse was still at the gas station. About 2 weeks later, on 22-February 1989, the owner of a farm, Warren Steme discovered the victim's body naked in Maryland Heights. Witnesses led to the police to Ferguson who was later convicted of 1st-Degree Murder. Ousely pleased guilty to 2nd-Degree Murder in 1993 with a life sentence and the possibility of parole.

On the other hand, those who defended Ferguson stated that he was indeed remorseful and turned to religion in prison; he counseled other inmates and created a prison hospice program.

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