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Transgender inmate on Missouri’s death row asks for mercy

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By SUMMER BALLENTINE and JOHN D. HANNA
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The first openly transgender woman set to be executed in the U.S. is asking Missouri’s governor for mercy. Lawyers for 49-year-old Amber McLaughlin on Monday asked Republican Gov. Mike Parson to spare her. Her lawyers are citing childhood abuse and mental health issues that the jury never heard about. McLaughlin was convicted of raping and killing an ex-girlfriend 19 years ago. Her execution is scheduled for Jan. 3. The Washington-based Death Penalty Information Center says there is no known case of an openly transgender inmate being executed previously.

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