(BONNE TERRE, Missouri)– A Missouri inmate was executed Wednesday by lethal injection Tuesday, becoming the first openly transgender person executed in the United States.
Amber McLaughlin, 49, was convicted of stalking and killing a former girlfriend, then dumping the body near the Mississippi River in St. Louis.
McLaughlin said in her last statement to the DOC: “I am sorry for what I did. I am a loving and caring person.”
The execution happened at 6:39 p.m. at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri, where she was given a lethal injection of pentobarbital and was pronounced dead a few minutes later.