Missouri Is Going To Be The First State To Execute A Transgender Person In US
Missouri is going to execute a transgender, Amber McLaughlin and she is scheduled to get a fatal injection on Tuesday, and unless Missouri Governor Mike Parson grants mercy, she will become the first openly transgender person to be killed in the United States.
No additional appeals are currently being considered by the courts. The clemency petition highlights a number of problems, including McLaughlin's highly traumatic upbringing and substantial mental healthdifficulties, none of which were presented to the jury. In 2006, the court found her guilty of murdering her ex-girlfriend from 2003.
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If the clemency petition is to be granted, it must be authorized by Missouri's Republican governor, Mike Parson. Kelli Jones, his spokeswoman, has indicated that the request is still being examined.
The jury was never informed about McLaughlin's terrible upbringing or mental healthdifficulties during her trial, all of which are important to the clemency plea.
The clemency petition states that McLaughlin is depressed and has attempted suicide on many occasions. The girl's adoptive father used a stun pistol on her, and she describes how a foster parent put excrement in her face when she was a child.
Included in the petition are testimonies from people who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a condition characterized by a conflict between a person's internalized sense of their own gender and their biological gender.
We think Amber has demonstrated incredible courage because I can tell you, there’s a lot of hate when it comes to that issue.- Larry Komp, McLaughlin’s lawyer
Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes the death penalty, reports that no openly transgender prisoner has ever been killed in the United States. Before McLaughlin's jail shift, he was a man named Scott, and he was tried and convicted as a man.
After a trial in 2006, a jury found McLaughlin guilty of first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend Beverly Guenther.
According to the court documents, McLaughlin would often visit the office where 45-year-old Guenther worked in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, and would occasionally hide inside the premises. Following the issuance of a restraining order, police officers periodically accompanied Guenther to her vehicle after work.
When Guenther didn't return home on the evening of November 20, 2003, her neighbors contacted the authorities. When police arrived at the office building, they discovered a bloody trail and a broken knife handle beside her vehicle.
McLaughlin subsequently directed authorities to the spot in St. Louis along the Mississippi River where Guenther's corpse had been discarded the next day.
After the jury could not agree on whether McLaughlin should be executed or not, the judge imposed the death penalty on him. In 2016, the court ordered a fresh sentencing hearing, but in 2021, a panel of federal appellate judges upheld the death penalty.
When Guenther didn't return home on the evening of November 20, 2003, her neighbors contacted the authorities. When police arrived at the office complex, they saw a trail of blood and a broken knife handle beside her vehicle. The next day, McLaughlin led police to where Guenther's corpse had been thrown in St. Louis, close to the Mississippi River.
After the jury couldn't agree on whether McLaughlin should live or die, the judge handed down the death penalty. In 2016, the court ordered a fresh sentencing hearing, but in 2021, a panel of federal appellate judges upheld the death penalty.
It would continue the systemic failures that existed throughout Amber’s lifewhere no interventions occurred to stop and intercede to protect her as a child and teen. All that could go wrong did go wrong for her.- Larry Komp, McLaughlin’s lawyer
According to the anti-execution Death Penalty Information Center, there has never been an example of a transgender prisoner being put to death in the United States. One of McLaughlin's jail companions said that the transition brought out the best in the trans woman.