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UPDATE: He’s dead.
- Thug: Carl Henry Blue (29 at time of offense)
- Date of Execution: February 21, 2013
- Date of Crime: August 19, 1994
- Victim(s): Carmen Richards-Sanders (38)
- Last Meal: Pentobarbital. As much as he’d like.
- Final Words: ”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,” he told them [his parents]. “Cowboy up. I’m fixin’ to ride and Jesus is my vehicle.”
It’s been a while since the death chamber has had any customers here in Texas. The cleaning crew probably had to go clean up the cobwebs before tonight’s execution — the first of the year — of Carl Blue Henry.
On the night of August 19, Blue went to the home of his former girlfriend and knocked on her door. When she answered, he doused her in gasoline. And then lit her on fire.
When Larence Danny Williams, 42, who was also in the apartment, tried to come to her aid, Blue doused him with gasoline and set him on fire, too.
Mr. Williams survived his injuries. Ms. Richards did not.
When he was arrested later that evening, he claimed that it was a prank.
Because what’s funnier than the smell of burning flesh and the screams of pain from your prank’s victims?
Blue takes full responsibility for the death of Richards — something that’s quite rare on death row. Though he believes that he shouldn’t face the death penalty because he doesn’t believe the jury honestly answered the “future dangerousness” factor in his sentencing.
You know who people are always saying that a person should be put to death in the same manner as they killed their victims? Well, in this case, if hell is real, then Blue’s after life will fit the crime.
Next: In what is proving to be a very slow year in Huntsville, the next scheduled execution ins’t until April 3, when Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled.