Parson Says No To Clemency For McLaughlin
This morning, Governor Mike Parson confirmed that the State of Missouri will carry out the sentence of (Scott) Amber McLaughlin as ordered by the Supreme Court of Missouri on Tuesday.
McLaughlin, 49, a trans woman, is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the 2003 rape and murder of ex-girlfriend Beverly Guenther. She will be the first openly transgender person ever to be executed in the US.
"McLaughlin’s conviction and sentence remains after multiple, thorough examinations of Missouri law. McLaughlin stalked, raped, and murdered Ms. Guenther. McLaughlin is a violent criminal," Governor Parson said. "Ms. Guenther's family and loved ones deserve peace. The State of Missouri will carry out McLaughlin’s sentence according to the Court's order and deliver justice."
“McLaughlin waited outside Beverly Guenther’s workplace, where McLaughlin brutally raped and violently stabbed her as she walked to her vehicle to go home. McLaughlin terrorized Ms. Guenther for months prior, to the point where Ms. Guenther had an order of protection against McLaughlin after McLaughlin broke into her home,” Parson said.
“McLaughlin’s culpability in Ms. Guenther's murder has never been in question. Missouri courts have found no issue in the application of Missouri law to McLaughlin, and federal appellate courts have maintained as much,” Gov. Parson said in a press release Tuesday morning.
McLaughlin allegedly dumped Guentgher's body near a river after raping and stabbing her.