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Missourians prepare to go "on watch" for Amber McLaughlin

Amber McLaughlin is scheduled to be executed by the State of Missouri on January 3rd at

6:00 pm in Bonne Terre, MO, for the murder of Beverly Gunther. There is no punishment that could possibly rectify the tragic loss of life felt by the Gunther family. If the state moves forward with the execution, it will only serve to create more victims of this senseless murder.


Governor Parson can choose to commute this sentence to life without parole or move forward and carry out what would amount to a legal and moral travesty. If there is no relief for Amber, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP) will hold execution watches across the state on Tuesday, Jan 3. Communities will gather in solidarity to oppose the execution of and ask for an end to capital punishment in Missouri.


  • Jefferson City - Noon, Governor’s Office, 2nd Floor Missouri State Capitol, The Missouri Catholic Conference. Contact Missouri Catholic Conference

  • St. Louis- 3:00 pm, St. Louis Circuit Courthouse, Market and Tucker. Will carpool to Bonne Terre, MO following. STL Chapter MADP. Contact Margaret at mphillips@igc.org

  • KCMO - 4:00 pm, 39th, and Troost, Kansas City Chapter MADP. Contact Bob at ronan@ieee.org for more info.

  • Columbia - 5:00 pm, Boone County Courthouse. Columbia Chapter MADP, Fellowship of Reconciliation. Contact Jeff Stack at 573-449-4585

  • Bonne Terre - starting at 5:00 pm, Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (ERDCC), Execution Vigil and Remembrance of Victims of Violent Crime, MADP, contactelyse@madpmo.org or call 816-931-4177


Missouri will be “on watch” on Jan 3rd because our legal system fails to bring justice and serves only to further harm, particularly in our response to murder. We need a response to crime that does not perpetuate the cycle of violence.


For more information: Elyse Max, co- director MADP, elyse@madpmo.org, 816-931-4177.





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