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Oklahoma executes killer Anthony Banks

Sept. 10, 2013 at 8:33 PM   |   Comments

MCALESTER, Okla., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A man who wasn't convicted in the slaying of a Tulsa, Okla., woman until nearly 20 years after her death was executed Tuesday evening, prison officials said.

Anthony Rozelle Banks, 61, was pronounced dead at 6:07 p.m. CDT following an injection of lethal drugs at the state penitentiary in McAlester, WRMG-AM, Tulsa, reported.

Banks was sentenced to death after being convicted of first-degree murder in the 1979 shooting death of Sun "Kim" Travis, a 24-year-old Korean national. Authorities said Banks abducted Travis from a parking lot outside her apartment complex and raped her before killing her.

The crime wasn't pinned on Banks until DNA evidence tied him to it in 1997. He was serving a life sentence for the shooting death of a store clerk at the time.

Oklahoma has executed four death row inmates this year.

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