Texas executed a condemned killer Tuesday who had a reputation among guards as the "meanest man on death row."

James Demouchette, 37, died from lethal injection hours after the U.S. Supreme Court denied him a stay. Justices Harry Blackmun and John Paul Stevens indicated they disagreed with the ruling.Demouchette, the 10th convict executed in Texas this year, had been on death row since August 1977.

During that time, he threw lye in a guard's face, stabbed an inmate to death, beat and stabbed at least two other inmates, stabbed three guards, twice set fire to his cell, and destroyed a television set and commode.