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Man convicted in 1979 death

Oklahoman Published: February 13, 2000

TULSA (AP) - Prosecutors used DNA evidence from 21 years ago to win a conviction for a man accused of killing a Tulsa woman in 1979.

A jury deliberated less than two hours before convicting Allen Wayne Nelson of first-degree murder and recommending that he serve life in prison. Nelson is accused of fatally shooting Sun I. "Kim" Travis, 25, after abducting her from a parking lot in her apartment complex the night of June 6, 1979.

Her partially clothed body and ripped underwear were found the next morning.

Nelson, 40, did not testify during his trial. Another jury in September had convicted co- defendant Anthony Rozzelle Banks, 47, of the murder and sentenced him to die.

Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty for Nelson.

Banks and Nelson were not charged in the case until August 1997, when trial testimony said the DNA of both men was detected in semen retrieved from Travis' body.

At that time, Banks was in prison for an unrelated Tulsa County murder and Nelson was serving time for concealing stolen property in Muskogee County.

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