Oklahoma to execute death row inmate in 1979 slaying

McALESTER — An Oklahoma death row inmate is scheduled to be executed for the shooting death of a 24-year-old Korean national 34 years ago.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 10, 2013
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McALESTER — An Oklahoma death row inmate is scheduled to be executed for the shooting death of a 24-year-old Korean national 34 years ago.

Sixty-one-year-old Anthony Rozelle Banks was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Tulsa County for the June 6, 1979, killing of Sun “Kim” Travis. His execution is set Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester.

Banks was already serving a life prison sentence following his conviction for the April 11, 1978, slaying of a Tulsa convenience store clerk during an armed robbery when he was linked to Travis' death by DNA evidence 18 years after she was killed.

Travis was abducted from the parking lot of a Tulsa apartment complex, raped and shot in the head. Her body was found in a roadside ditch.


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