Texas carried out its first execution of 2013 when the state put to death a man convicted of killing his girlfriend in 1994.
Carl Henry Blue, 48, was killed via lethal injection at the Hunstville state prison. Blue fatally injured his girlfriend, Carmen Richards-Sanders, by tossing gasoline on her at an apartment in College Station before setting her on fire with a lighter, reported The Associated Press. She died more than two weeks later.
Another man was also set on fire at the same apartment. He survived and testified against Blue.
“I never meant to hurt your mama,” Blue told Terrella Richards, the daughter of Richards-Sanders, just before he was executed on Thursday. “If I could change that, I would. I forgive you. I hope you can forgive me.”
According to the Reuters news agency, Blue initially told authorities that the fire was a prank and said he did not intend to kill Richards-Sanders when he threw gas on her. Court documents said Blue told Richards-Sanders: “I told you I was gonna get you.”
Blue’s execution was the first to take place in Texas, which leads the United States in executions.
Before he was put to death, Blue also told his parents, who were watching from another room, that he loved them said he committed a wrong deed.
He said he was “paying the ultimate justice. … It may be crooked justice but I forgive those people,” AP reported.
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