AMBER McLaughlin has been found guilty of the premeditated murder and rape of her late friend Beverly Guenther.
After the verdict, she was sentenced to death by legal injection.
Who is Amber McLaughlin?
Amber McLaughlin is a 49-year-old death row inmate from Missouri.
Ahead of her scheduled execution by lethal injection, McLaughlin’s legal team asked for clemency from state Gov. Mike Parson.
In McLaughlin’s clemency letter, her attorneys attributed her crimes to poor mental health and the abuse she suffered as a child.
The letter said: “Amber McLaughlin never had a chance.
“She was abandoned by the institutions, individuals and interventions that should have protected her, and her perpetrators impeded the care she so desperately needed.”
The petition for clemency states: “The death sentence now being considered does not come from the conscience of the general public – but from a single judge.
“An act of pardon by the executive will therefore not interfere with the reverence of jury judgment and, in fact, will more accurately reflect the jury’s wishes as to punishment since she did not vote for death.”
McLaughlin is the first transgender woman to be sentenced to execution in the United States.
When was McLaughlin convicted?
On June 5, 2006, McLaughlin was convicted of the following charges:
- First Degree Murder
- violent rape
- Armed criminal action
The criminal was sentenced to death by the trial judge after the jury was unable to reach a decision.
The jury was split, either to sentence McLaughlin to life without parole or to sentence the convict to death.
The ruling was overturned in 2016 but reinstated at a later date.
In prison, McLaughlin transitioned from a man named Scott to a woman named Amber.
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