Carl Blue was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire. After the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal he was put to death in Texas on Thursday.
Blue, 48, killed Carmen Richards-Sanders, 38, at her Bryan, Texas, apartment back in 1994. During the attack, Blue also threw gasoline on a man who was in the apartment. The man survived and testified against Blue.
In Blue’s final statements, he greeted Richards-Sanders’s daughter, Terrella Richards, as she entered the death chamber viewing area. The Daily Mail reports that he told her that he loved her. “I never meant to hurt your mama,” Blue said while strapped down to a gurney. “If I could change that, I would. … I forgive you. I hope you can forgive me.” He went on to tell his parents that he loved them as well.
Blue was executed at the state penitentiary at Huntsville. He was the first person to be put to death in the state of Texas this year. Texas executes more prisoners than any other state.
Before his passing, Blue had even more to say: “I did something wrong, and now I’m paying the ultimate justice,” he said. “It may be crooked justice but I forgive those people. Hang on. Cowboy up. I’m fixin’ to ride and Jesus is my vehicle.” Blue was pronounced dead at 6:56 p.m.
Prior to setting Richards-Sanders on fire, Blue had been drinking malt liquor and smoking crack behind a store. He then walked into the store and bought 50 cents’ worth of gasoline which he put into a “Big Gulp” cup. Gasoline in hand, Blue went to Richards-Sanders’ apartment and waited outside. When she opened the door, he rushed in, telling her: “I told you I was going to get you.”
Source: (The Daily Mail)