The 2nd Execution of 2013
Carl Blue was executed in Texas on February 12, 2013 for attacking Carmen Richards-Sanders at her apartment in Bryan, about 100 miles northwest of Houston, in September 1994. He tossed gasoline on her and a man in her apartment, but the man survived and testified against Blue.
Blue claimed it was a prank gone wrong, but prosecutors said it was an intentional attack sparked by jealously.
In his final statement, Blue greeted his victim's daughter, 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 while strapped to a gurney. "If I could change that, I would. ... I hope you can forgive me."
He then told his parents, watching from an adjacent room, that he loved them and acknowledged he had done something wrong. He said he was "paying the ultimate justice. ... It may be crooked justice but I forgive those people."
He later added: "Cowboy up. I'm fixin' to ride, and Jesus is my vehicle."
Blue took about a dozen breaths as the lethal drug began taking effect. He said he could "feel it," then slipped into unconsciousness before being pronounced dead at 6:56 p.m.
His was the first execution this year in the nation's most active death penalty state. At least 11 other prisoners are scheduled for lethal injection in the coming months in Texas, which executed 15 inmates last year.
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