MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

September 8, 2013

Tulsa killer's execution approaches


Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate linked by DNA to the death of a Korean woman 18 years after the crime is scheduled to be executed Tuesday in the state’s fourth execution this year.

Anthony Rozelle Banks, 61, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the June 6, 1979, killing of Sun I. “Kim” Travis in Tulsa County. Banks was 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 genetic evidence linked him to Travis’ death.

Travis was abducted from the parking lot of a Tulsa apartment complex and later raped and shot in the head. Her partially clothed body was found in a roadside ditch on the city’s north side on the morning following her disappearance.

Banks and a co-defendant, Allen Wayne Nelson, 54, were charged in the victim’s death in August 1997, when their DNA was detected in evidence found on Travis’ body and clothing. A 12-member jury convicted Nelson of murder and sentenced him to life in prison.