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Texas executes man who lit ex-girlfriend on fire

Published On: Feb 22 2013 07:32:27 AM CST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -

Texas has executed a death row inmate convicted of killing his former girlfriend at her apartment by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire.

Forty-eight-year-old Carl Blue was executed by lethal injection Thursday evening.

Blue was convicted of the September 1994 death of 38-year-old Carmen Richards-Sanders at her apartment in Bryan, a town about 100 miles northwest of Houston.

Prosecutors said the attack was the result of jealousy. Blue said it was a prank gone wrong.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal shortly before the execution. His death was the first execution this year in the nation's most active death penalty state.