Maria KeenaBy Maria Keena

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Twenty-five years after a 17-year old Saint Charles girl was brutally murdered, her killer is scheduled to be executed.

Just after midnight, convicted murderer Jeffrey Ferguson will die by lethal injection.

Ferguson was convicted of the crime not once but twice, and has spent the past two decades sitting on Missouri’s death row.

Saint Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch says it’s inexcusable to have a case go on for so long, an that Kelly Hall’s family should not have waited this long for justice.

“What we don’t want people to forget is the victim in this case, and what Jeffrey Ferguson did,” he says. “You read about it in the paper and it will say that he kidnapped, assaulted, and murdered a young girl. That doesn’t tell the story.”

Ferguson abducted Hall from a St. Charles gas station. Her frozen body was found 13 days later, on Feb. 22, 1989, on a St. Louis County farm. McCulloch says Ferguson abused Kelly in many unspeakable ways, slowly strangled her to death, and then left her body in a field in Maryland Heights.

“It’s just a horrible and terrifying case,” he says. “It’s the kind of case that really does terrify peoplea young girl can be at work and then just disappear.

Ferguson’s attorneys have filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking a delay in his execution.

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