First Known Execution Of Transgender Inmate In U.S. Set in Missouri

The execution by lethal injection of Amber McLaughlin, who transitioned from a male while in prison for murder, is set to take Tuesday unless Gov. Mike Parsons grants clemency.

  • There is thus far no known case of a transgender inmate being executed in the U.S.
  • McLaughlin’s attorney says there are no court appeals pending.
  • A spokesperson for the governor said the review process for the clemency request is still underway.
  • The clemency request center on several issues such as McLaughlin’s traumatic childhood and mental health issues, which the jury did not hear in her trial.
  • The 49-year-old McLaughlin was convicted of murder in 2006 for killed a former girlfriend three years earlier.