WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sought an execution date Monday for a death row inmate whose brutal crime went unsolved for nearly two decades.
Anthony Rozelle Banks, 60, lost his final appeal Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined without comment to review his case. Pruitt then asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals for an execution date.
Banks, 60, was convicted of killing Sun Travis in Tulsa in 1979. Travis was kidnapped from her apartment complex and was raped, beaten, shot in the face and dumped in a ditch.
The case had gone cold until Tulsa police used DNA evidence in 1997 to link Banks and Allen Wayne Nelson to the crime. Nelson, 53, was convicted of first-degree murder and is serving a life sentence.
Banks already was serving a life sentence for killing a convenience store clerk when police connected him to the death of Travis.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September that the “overwhelming” evidence against him in the case justified his conviction and sentence, despite improper questioning of Banks' brother by a prosecutor during the trial.
Two state death row inmates already are scheduled for execution next month: James L. DeRosa on June 18 and Brian Darrell Davis on June 25.