Texas killer executed for burning ex-girlfriend to death

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HUNTSVILLE -- Asking forgiveness from his victim's daughter, a Brazos County man who tossed gas on his ex-girlfriend and set her on fire was executed Thursday.

Carl Blue, 48, fatally injured Carmen Richards-Sanders, 38, in August 1994 at her apartment in College Station. She died two weeks later.

A man in the apartment was also set on fire, but he survived and testified against Blue.

Blue greeted Terrella Richards as she entered the death chamber viewing area by telling her he loved her.

"I never meant to hurt your mama," Blue said. "If I could change that, I would. I forgive you. I hope you can forgive me."

Blue told his parents, who were watching through another window in the death chamber, that he loved them.

"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.

It was the first execution in Texas this year. Eleven more have been scheduled so far -- two from Dallas, none from other North Texas counties. The state executed 15 inmates in 2012.

At his trial in Bryan, prosecutors presented evidence that Blue walked seven miles from his home to a convenience store and had been drinking malt liquor and smoking crack behind the store when he bought 50 cents' worth of gasoline that he put in a Big Gulp cup and carried to his victim's apartment.

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