Update: January 19, 2015, 3:04 pm EST
Walter Timothy Storey is scheduled to be executed shortly after midnight CST, on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Forty-seven-year-old Walter is convicted of murdering 36-year-old Jill Frey in her St. Charles, Missouri apartment on February 2, 1990. Walter has spent the last 23 years on Missouri’s death row.
Walter had previously worked as a boat builder, although he was unemployed at the time of the murder. He had no prior prison record.
On Friday, February 2, 1990, Walter Storey received a divorce petition from his estranged wife. It is thought that this greatly upset him, leading him to drink heavily that night. Either later Friday night or very early Saturday morning, Storey ran out of alcohol in the apartment he shared with his mother. Storey decided to rob his neighbor, Jill Frey, a special education teacher.
Storey climbed up Jill’s balcony and entered her apartment through an unlocked sliding glass door. He brutally beat Jill, tearing off an eyelid, fracturing five ribs, stabbing her at least five times, and injuring her forehead, nose, cheeks, scalp, lips, and tongue. Jill also had defensive wounds on her arms and hands. Jill had two fatal neck wounds, which cut through her jugular veins, airway, esophagus, and into her spine. After killing Jill, Storey stole her car keys, purse and car.
The following day, Storey returned to the apartment and attempted to wipe down the apartment and cover up any evidence, including scrubbing Jill’s fingernails, throwing away bloody clothing, and disposing of other evidence, including stolen items. Jill’s body was found after she failed to show up for work on Monday.
Storey confessed to stealing from Jill, however, he claimed that he did not kill her. Rather, Storey insisted that a man forced Storey into Jill’s apartment and killed her, believe she was his mother. Storey was convicted and sentenced to death on November 26, 1991.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Jill Frey. Please pray for the family of Walter Storey. Please pray that if Walter is innocent, evidence will be revealed before his execution. Please pray that Walter will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus, Christ, if he has not already.
Update: Friday, January 23, 2015 11:53 am EST
Ronald Phillips was scheduled to be executed at 10 am on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. Per a press released from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Ronald's execution has been postponed due to the state needing to acquire new execution drugs. His execution has not yet been rescheduled More information will follow as it is provided. Forty-one-year-old Ronald is convicted of killing 3-year-old Sheila Marie Evans on January 18, 1993. Ronald has spent the past 20 years on Ohio’s death row.
During his trial evidence was presented that Phillips had a difficult childhood, as his mother was an alcoholic. She would frequently leaver her children, including Phillips, home alone for days at a time, forcing them to beg for food and eat paint chips and garbage. Phillips also spent time in several foster homes in which he was repeatedly raped and abused.
Fae Evans, Sheila’s mother, was dating Ronald Phillips and occasionally co-habitating with him, along with her three children, Sheila, 29-month-old Sara, and Ronald Jr., Phillips’ infant son. On January 18, 1993, Fae took Ronald Jr., to a doctor’s appointment and left Sheila and Sara to be watched by Phillips. Fae returned to the apartment around 11:25, and found Phillips sitting in the kitchen. When Fae called for her daughters, they failed to respond. Phillips went into the girls’ bedroom, where he found Sheila laying cold, motionless, and pale. Phillips took Sheila downstairs to his grandmother’s apartment, where they called an emergency operator. Since Sheila was not breathing, the operator told Phillips how to perform CPR until paramedics arrived.
Once paramedics arrived, they immediately transferred Sheila to the Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Eugene Izsak, the first doctor to examine Sheila, noticed that she had multiple bruises on her torso, a distended stomach, apparent internal abdominal injuries, and a stretched anus with acute, recent changes. After obtaining a steady pulse, surgery was performed on Sheila, which showed the extent of her severe internal injuries. Sheila died from her injuries later that day.
An autopsy discovered that Sheila had over 125 bruises, many which occurred within hours of her death. Sheila had been severely beaten around her head, face, upper and lower torso, arms, legs, and genitalia. Blows to her abdomen resulted in severe internal injuries. Sheila died as a result of cardiovascular collapse which was the result of sever, blunt force trauma to her abdomen, and numerous complications. Furthermore, it was determined that Sheila had been raped.
January 19, 2015
John Marion Grant is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma. Fifty-three-year-old John was sentenced to death for the murder of Gay Carter at the Dick Conner Correctional Facility near Hominy, Oklahoma, on November 13, 1998. John has spent the last 14 years on Oklahoma’s death row.
John’s execution has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 19, 2015, following a request from the Oklahoma Attorney General. The delay was granted in order to allow the execution team to complete their training regarding the new execution protocol, which includes training on new equipment and new communication methods during the execution. The state has also had difficulty obtaining the necessary drugs for the execution.
John was one of nine children. His father left home before he was born and John did not know his father growing up. Although his mother had other children, John lacked a positive male role model growing up. His mother struggled to make money and they lived, for a time, in a shack that had no indoor plumbing. He first left home at the age of 12 and began getting into trouble with the police as a teenager. His family alleges that the items he stole were necessities for the younger children. John is described as a “sweet,” “loving,” “quiet,” “sensitive,” and “gentle” child growing up and that he always showed concern for his brothers and sisters, and their children. At the age of 17, he was sentenced to one year in an adult prison.
In 1980, John Grant was sentenced to a total of 130 years for four separate armed robberies. While serving time in the Dick Conner Correctional Facility, Grant worked in the prison kitchen, along with Gay Carter, a Department of Corrections employee who worked as the food service supervisor. After fighting with other inmates, Grant lost his job working in the kitchen and threatened Gay.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 7:36 pm EST
Arnold Prieto was executed shortly after 6 pm CST, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Forty-one-year-old Arnold was convicted of murdering 72-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez and his wife, 62-year-old Virginia Rodriguez and 90-year-old Paula Moran, on September 11, 1993, in San Antonio, Texas. Arnold has spent the last 19 years on Texas’ death row.
Arnold was the eldest of four children. Arnold was physically abused by his father and witnessed his father abusing his mother. Arnold did not finish high school and was punished when he brought home poor grades.
Rodolfo and Virginia Rodriguez were the great-uncle and great-aunt of Guadalupe and Jessie Hernandez, friends of Arnold Prieto who supplied him with cocaine. Rodolfo and Virginia operated a check-cashing business out of their home. Paula Moran used to be a nanny to their kids and now lived with them.
On September 11, 1993, Prieto, Guadalupe, and Jessie, were high on cocaine when they traveled from Carrollton to San Antonio and decided to rob the Rodriguez’s business. During the crime, Rodolfo was stabbed 17 times, Virginia was stabbed 31 times, and Paula was stabbed eight times. They were all killed. They were stabbed with a variety of weapons, including a knife, screwdriver, and possibly an ice pick. The trio also robbed the home.
Prieto was convicted and sentenced to death. Jessie was ineligible for the death penalty because he was 16 years of age at the time of the crime. Guadalupe had all charges dropped against him because there was insufficient evidence.
Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Rodolfo and Virginia Rodriguez and Paula Moran. Please pray for strength for the family of Arnold Prieto.