McALESTER, Okla. - A man convicted of a 1979 Tulsa murder has been executed by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
61-year-old Anthony Rozelle Banks was pronounced dead by lethal injection at the state penitentiary in McAlester.
His last meal, served shortly after noon, was three apple-filled bearcalws and two 16 oz. bottles of water.
The convicted killer apologized for his crimes and said his execution was justified. Banks said, "I can’t express the terrible things I’ve done. I’m sorry. To know I’ve taken lives hurts me. I know it hurts the victims’ families, too."
Banks was pronounced dead at 6:07 P.M.
Banks was found guilty of first-degree murder for the killing of 24-year-old Sun "Kim" Travis, a Korea national.
Prosecutors say Travis was kidnapped from the parking lot of her apartment complex, raped, and then shot to death.
The murder went unsolved for nearly 20 years, until Police used DNA to link Banks to the crime in 1997.
He was already serving a life sentence for shooting and killing a store clerk.
Banks' execution is the fourth execution in Oklahoma in 2013.