Missouri governor denies inmate’s clemency for 1990 slaying

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Governor Jay Nixon.

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Missouri’s governor has turned down a clemency request from a man who killed his neighbor 25 years ago, clearing the way for his execution.

Gov. Jay Nixon rejected Walter Timothy Storey’s request shortly after 8 p.m. CST Tuesday. Storey is set to die by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. The U.S. Supreme Court earlier rejected an appeal arguing the lethal drug could cause a painful death.

Storey was convicted of killing Jill Frey in 1990 inside her apartment in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles. Prosecutors said he attacked the neighbor in search of more money for beer.

After a record 10 executions in 2014 in Missouri, Storey would be the first inmate executed in the state this year.