Texas Executes First Inmate of 2007

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Death row inmate Carlos Granados has been executed Wednesday night over the 1998 stabbing death of a Georgetown boy in a domestic dispute.

Anthony Jiminez was the three-year-old son of a woman Granados was dating. In a brief final statement, Granados expressed love to his
family and others and addressed Katherine Jiminez, his former
girlfriend and the mother of the victim.

"Kathy, you know I never meant to hurt you," he told the woman who also suffered 27 stab wounds during the attack. "I gave you everything and that's what made me so angry. But I never meant to hurt you. I'm sorry."

Jiminez stood up against the Huntsville death chamber window as he made his statement, but Granados never looked at her.

Granados was the first condemned killer in Texas to have his execution carried out this year. Texas put 24 convicted killers to death last year.