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Amber McLaughlin to Be First Transgender Person Executed in U.S.

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Missouri is set to carry out the first execution of an out transgender person in the U.S.Amber McLaughlin, 49, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday.

She received the death sentence for the murder of a former girlfriend, Beverly Guenther, in 2003.McLaughlin’s attorneys have asked Gov.

Mike Parson, a Republican, to commute her sentence, citing her mental health issues and the fact that the jury in her case could not agree on whether to impose the death penalty.

But Parson’s office issued a statement Tuesday saying the sentence will be carried out, CNN reports. Guenther’s loved ones “deserve peace,” the governor said.At the time of Guenther’s killing in November 2003, she had taken out an order of protection against McLaughlin, who had been arrested for burglarizing Guenther’s home.

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