I’m sorry for what I did. I am a loving and caring person, 49-year-old Amber McLaughlin said minutes before she was fatally injected. She became the first transgender woman executed in US history.
The American woman was convicted of murdering her ex-girlfriend Beverly Gunther in 2006. Her fate was finally decided earlier this week when Missouri Governor Mike Parson rejected her request for clemency.
Her lawyers said she had a traumatic childhood and mental health issues, which the jury never heard about at her trial.
McLaughlin spoke quietly to a spiritual advisor by her side as she was injected with the fatal dose of phenobarbital. She sighed heavily a few times, then closed her eyes one last time.
“McLaughlin is a violent criminal. Mrs. Gunter’s family and loved ones deserve peace. The state of Missouri will carry out McLaughlin’s sentence as ordered by the court and deliver justice,” Gov. Mike Parson said Tuesday.
According to the police report, McLaughlin was in a relationship with Beverly Gunther before she changed from Scott to Amber. After they stopped going out, he often appeared around the office where Gunther, 45, worked, and even sometimes hid in the building. Because of the stalking, McLaughlin received a restraining order, and officers occasionally sent his ex-girlfriend to the car after work.
When Gunther did not come home on the night of November 20, 2003, her neighbors called the police. Authorities went to the office building and found a trail of blood and a broken knife handle next to her car. A day later after his arrest, McLaughlin took investigators near the Mississippi River in St. Louis and showed them where he dumped the body. Authorities say the victim was raped and stabbed multiple times with a butcher knife.