Texas is scheduled to carry out its first execution of 2013, Thursday night in Huntsville. It would be the 493rd post-Furman Texas execution since 1982, and the 254th execution conducted under the administration of Governor Rick Perry. Texas has the nation's most active death chamber and accounts for more than 37% of the executions in America's death penalty states.
The state of Texas was due to execute a man on Thursday for killing his former girlfriend in 1994 by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire.Carl Henry Blue, 48, was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Thursday night unless a court intervened to grant a stay of his execution.
To date, there has been one execution in an American death penalty state this year; a total of 1,321 post-Furman executions since 1977.
According to TDCJ, 11 additional execution dates have been set for 2013, including six in March. More will be added.