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April 13, 2023
The first known U.S. execution of an openly transgender person was carried out in Missouri. Amber McLaughlin, convicted of a 2003 murder, was put to death by lethal injection.
“McLaughlin was pronounced dead at 6:51 p.m.,” the Missouri Department of Corrections said in a written statement after the Tuesday execution.
According to the Associated Press, a jury found McLaughlin guilty of murdering her ex-girlfriend Beverly Guenther in 2003. Prior to the murder, her girlfriend had been granted a restraining order against McLaughlin – who was convicted of forcible rape and armed criminal action.
McLaughlin previously sought clemency from the governor but was unsuccessful.
“I am sorry for what I did,” McLaughlin wrote in her final statement. “I am a loving & caring person.”
McLaughlin, 49, is the first transgender person to be executed in the U.S., as confirmed by the Death Penalty Information Center. She had apparently struggled with an intellectual disability, mental health issues, as well as childhood trauma.
McLaughlin, a biological male, is registered as Scott McLaughlin in the Missouri Department of Corrections. She was housed with male inmates.
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