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BONNE TERRE, MO (KTVI) - After more than 25 years, the killer of special needs preschool teacher Jill Frey is scheduled to be executed.  Legal appeals for Walter Timothy Storey were exhausted Tuesday night.  His last hope was a request for clemency from Governor Jay Nixon.  The request was rejected.  The execution is scheduled for Wednesday at 12a.m.

Fry was murdered inside her St. Charles apartment in February of 1990.  Storey ran out of beer, climbed into her apartment and took her pocketbook and car keys during a struggle.  Fry fought back but was beaten at least 20 times before being cut from her throat to her spine.

Authorities say Frey was a dedicated teacher who was the innocent victim of a brutal and senseless murder.  12 friends and relatives of Frey planned on witnessing the execution.  Frey's parents died while Storey sat on death row.

This is Missouri's first scheduled execution for 2015.  It will also be the last time an execution is scheduled for midnight.  Future execution will be scheduled for 6 p.m. to better accommodate victims' families.​