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DNA resolves 1979 slaying

Oklahoman Published: September 26, 1999

TULSA (AP) - The death penalty is being considered for a man convicted of murdering a Tulsa woman. DNA evidence helped effect a conviction 20 years after the crime.

A jury deliberated 90 minutes before finding Anthony Rozelle Banks, 47, guilty. On Monday, they will consider whether Banks should get the death penalty.

Sun I. "Kim" Travis was abducted from an apartment complex parking lot. The 24-year-old was found shot in the head and nearly nude near a trash heap on the morning after her disappearance on June 6, 1979.

Investigators initiated DNA testing on sperm recovered from the body and clothing. Based on the findings, Banks and Allen Wayne Nelson, 40, were charged with murder Aug. 19, 1997.

Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond said that DNA technology was vital in helping authorities "grab a murderer."

Prosecutors said Banks and Nelson murdered Travis after kidnapping and raping her. Drummond said the evidence was clear that Banks was a willing participant in Travis' slaying and not merely a man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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