History Made as First Transgender Person Executed in U.S.  

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Amber McLaughlin, the first openly transgender person to be executed in the U.S., has died by lethal injection.  

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson denied clemency for McLaughlin, who was sentenced to death for first-degree murder.  

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The jury had deadlocked on the sentence, but a judge imposed the death penalty.  

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Advocates for McLaughlin argued that the jury was not unanimous in its decision.  

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A petition calling the decision a "gross misuse of judicial power" was supported by Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.  

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McLaughlin had been in prison for three years and was transitioning at the time of her death.  

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A fellow inmate described McLaughlin as shy and vulnerable and said she was afraid of being assaulted or victimized.  

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