McALESTER, Okla. -- An Oklahoma death row inmate was executed for the shooting death of a 24-year-old Korean national 34 years ago.
Sixty-one-year-old Anthony Rozelle Banks was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Tulsa County for the June 6, 1979, killing of Sun "Kim" Travis. He was executed shortly after 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester.
Banks was already 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 he was linked to Travis' death by DNA evidence 18 years after she was killed.
Travis was abducted from the parking lot of a Tulsa apartment complex, raped and shot in the head. Her body was found in a roadside ditch.
Banks' daughter, Toni Banks, spoke with 2NEWS, shortly after the execution. Toni says her father found religion while serving time on death row and she believes he was remorseful for his crimes. "He could've made a different decision, but he made the wrong decision," she said. "He knows what he did wrong. He's so sorry, but he paid for it with his life."
Banks wishes to apologize the victims' families, on behalf of her father. She hopes to one day meet them and personally express her feelings.
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