State Executes Man Who Set Central Texas Woman On Fire

Carl Henry Blue (File)

HUNTSVILLE (February 21, 2013)—Carl Henry Blue, 48, who was convicted of capital murder in the fiery 1994 death of his ex-girlfriend, was executed Thursday evening in Huntsville.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Blue’s final appeal shortly before the execution, which was the first this year in Texas.

In the final appeals, Blue's attorneys argued that it was an improper conflict of interest for one of Blue's trial lawyers to have represented Blue, as well, in the earlier stages of his appeals.

Blue was convicted of dousing Carmen Richards-Sanders, 38, whom he once dated, with a drink cup full of gasoline and then igniting her clothing with a cigarette lighter on Aug. 19, 1994 at the victim’s apartment on George Bush Drive in College Station.

Larence Williams, who was also in the apartment, tried to come to the woman’s aid, but as he did, Blue tossed the remaining gasoline on him and ignited his clothing, as well, prosecutors said.

Williams survived, but Richards-Sanders died of her burns on Sept. 7, 1994 at Herman Hospital in Houston.

Williams later testified against Blue.

Blue surrendered to police, claimed the incident was a prank, and that the woman’s death was accidental.