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Amber McLaughlin, Convicted for Murder, Dies in First US Execution of Trans Woman

Amber McLaughlin

Amber McLaughlin

Photographer: Jeremy S. Weis/Federal Public Defender Office/AP Photo

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Bonne Terre, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri inmate was put to death Tuesday for a 2003 killing, in what is believed to be the first execution of a transgender woman in the U.S.

Amber McLaughlin, 49, was convicted of stalking and killing a former girlfriend, then dumping the body near the Mississippi River in St. Louis. McLaughlin’s fate was sealed earlier Tuesday when Republican Gov. Mike Parson declined a clemency request.