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Texas Execution: Defiant Killer Says ‘Cowboy Up’

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Texas has executed Carl Henry Blue, the 48-year-old killer with a warped sense of humor who threw gasoline on his ex and set her on fire in 1994. According to CBS News, he said, “Cowboy up. I’m fixin’ to ride, and Jesus is my vehicle.” Last week, the US Supreme Court refused his last appeal, clearing the way for Texas to execute Blue by lethal injection on Thursday evening.

Corrie MacLaggan and David Beasley, reporting for Reuters, noted that it was the first execution in Texas this year. The state normally leads the country in the total number of executions.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) records show that Blue put up an almost two-decade battle to avoid execution for the gruesome crime. When his girlfriend left him for another man, he went to her apartment and threw gasoline on both victims. Then he used a lighter to set the fire.

Carmen Richard-Sanders died several days later of agonizing burns over 40 percent of her body, but the male victim survived.

“Blue turned himself into police, saying the incident was a prank and the victim’s death accidental,” the Texas report states. Blue stuck to the story to the bitter end. “I never meant to hurt your mama,” he told the victim’s daughter, Terrella Richards, while already strapped to the death gurney. He called the execution “crooked justice.”

According to its published schedule, Texas will perform 11 more executions through the end of July. The upcoming April execution of Kimberly McCarthy for a 1997 stabbing murder of a 70-year-old woman was recently rescheduled hours before her January execution date. Michael Graczyk for the Huffington Post reported that State District Judge Larry Mitchell wanted to give her lawyers a chance to appeal on the basis of possible improper jury selection. McCarthy is black and her jury was mostly white.

The Texas execution of Carl Henry Blue, who thought setting two people on fire was a perfectly understandable prank, means that his 18-plus year fight for life is finally over.

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62 Responses to “Texas Execution: Defiant Killer Says ‘Cowboy Up’”

  1. Anonymous

    what did he mean to do if he said"I didn't mean to hurt your mama" by dosing her with gasoline and then knowingly setting them both afire? Was he giving them a hot oil treatment or what? Cowboy up in Hell NIGGER!

  2. Anonymous

    They should throw his body out in a field and let the turkey buzzards have some bar-b-q.

  3. Anonymous

    They should toss the cowboy's carcass out in a fild so the turkey buzzards can cowboy up some of that tender meat.

  4. Bobby Wade

    Refusing to repent and except what he did, assures him a place in Hell. Cowboy up and burn baby burn for all eternity!

  5. John Breithaupt

    And you know, every time Texas kills someone by injecting chemicals into their veins, it becomes a better place to live. Pretty soon, it will be the best place to live in the whole country.

  6. Sean French

    I would love to see Texas one day tells these cretins, "Due to budget cuts, last words are no longer permitted." I cannot imagine anything this cretinous miscreant said in it's life was worth listening to in the first place.

  7. Kathy Barnhart Robb

    No..I am sorry for you. It must be very scary to think that there is nothing else after you leave this earth. If there is no Heaven or hell, believers are wrong. But if there is..do you really want to go where this animal is spending eternity??

  8. Kathy Barnhart Robb

    They were searching for the punchline of this "joke" that he claims he was playing when he burned this poor woman to death. Unfortunately, criminals get every chance in the world to try to get someone to believe their lies. The victims in this case sure didn't have chances for appeals before he did what he did.

  9. Mike Adams

    good riddens to lessen the cost of keeping a convict is so much when someone addmits to the crime there should not be any repeals put him to death. The states that execute these convicted people instead of paying to keep them alive not only make room for other criminals.

  10. Mike Adams

    good riddens to lessen the cost of keeping a convict is so much when someone addmits to the crime there should not be any repeals put him to death. The states that execute these convicted people instead of paying to keep them alive not only make room for other criminals.

  11. Justin Mehan

    nope not scared at all actually. I feel great. Thats like saying I was so scared of things before I was born. If all it takes is not believing in something to go to hell then thats kinda pathetic.

  12. Sam Spencer

    Some how I doubt Jesus even knows of this clowns soon to end existence. If he does, he probably is going to be on vacation when they flip the switch. 1st execution of 2013 for Texas…This is news? Don't blink, there'll be another coming right around the corner.

  13. Dennis Bridwell

    So this moron thought that throwing gasoline on someone and setting them on fire was a prank? Okay, just figure this needle in your arm and these chemicals running into your veins are just a prank too. Lets all have a good laugh. Next stop, the Lake of Fire for you Bubba!

  14. Marc Oliver

    Due to budget cuts we can no longer afford lethal injection. You will be executed with 9 rounds of 30/30 fired from 10 rifles at once. We use 10 rifles so nobody knows if they were the one with the blank.

  15. Mitchell Moore

    Hath" to tell all you good people , but a sin , is a sin, and all sin is the same , Satan is langhing at all of you ,

  16. Mitchell Moore

    Hath to tell all you , am better then anyone else people , but a sin. is a sin. and all sin is the same , Lucifer laughs at all of you ,

  17. William Graff

    He should suffer the same execution that he perpetrated on his victims. He didn't spare them any suffering. I think the prospect of a prolonged and painful death would be a good deterrent.

  18. Anonymous

    It's amazing how they get religious after they're caught and are about to die.

  19. Anonymous

    It's amazing how they get religious after they're caught and are about to be executed!

  20. Ashley Park

    God bless Texas.. now all we need to do is speed up the execution process and bring back Old Sparky.

  21. Mark Gifford

    We have no right to judge where the man is, he stuck to his explanation to the very end! This is what gets me abput.
    some so-called "christians." They know how God judges people and therefore disobey God's commandment not to.
    judge.

  22. Mark Gifford

    We don't know where he went to-heaven or hell. Why do some so-called "christians" claim to know what God thinks?
    The man claimed that he didn't do it on purpose, to the very end, yet some christians know where he went. A huh,
    really christian, judging God's mind. I am glad I am catholic!

  23. Anonymous

    Why did it take almost 20 years to get rid of this S.O.B. And he said, "I never meant to hurt your mama"? What the hell was he trying to do if he didn't want to hurt her? I bet he had a "Bad Childhood".
    or maybe he was drinking and thinks it's not his fault. I wish all states were as active as Texas. Book them, burn them, and bury the trash!

  24. Anonymous

    'to bad'? It's too bad you're not taking english grammar and composition at Fresno City College

  25. Anonymous

    Cowboy up? Why did it take 19 years to send this piece of shit to hell?

  26. Anonymous

    Cowboy Up? Why did it take 19 years to send this piece of shit to hell?

  27. Jacob A. Cope

    Sometimes you have to be patient…But, "HEY CARL, WHO GETS THE LAST WORD NOW?"

  28. Tommy Sikes

    I miss reading about prisoners last meals.They eat what other prisoners eat in Texas, regular prison food.Is this cruel and unusual punishment? ha.