Missouri Performs First Execution of 2023

Amber Scott Mclaughlin

On Tuesday, January 3, Missouri performed its first execution of 2023 when the state took the life of Amber (formerly Scott) McLaughlin. The execution was carried out despite petitions containing thousands of signatures from multiple countries imploring the Missouri governor to grant McLaughlin clemency. 

Unfortunately, McLaughlin’s case is only the start of the executions scheduled to be carried out in the state this year. Missouri’s next scheduled execution is set for February 7 when, barring a grant of clemency by the governor, the state will execute Leonard Taylor. Though Taylor is currently the only Missouri death row inmate with an execution date scheduled, there is a substantial likelihood that more execution dates will be scheduled this year. 

The Catholic Church opposes the death penalty because it disregards the inherent sanctity and dignity of human life. You can call Governor Mike Parson’s office at (573) 751-3222 or you can email him to request clemency for Missouri’s death row inmates.

January 6, 2023 - 10:36am

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