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Anthony Rozelle Banks was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for killing Sun 'Kim' Travis in 1979
Travis was abducted from a Tulsa apartment complex parking lot, raped and shot in the head
Banks put to death by lethal injection - the fourth execution in Oklahoma this year
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 19:29, 11 September 2013 | UPDATED: 20:52, 11 September 2013
An Oklahoma death row inmate convicted of first-degree murder in the 1979 shooting death of a 25-year-old Korean national has been executed.
Sixty-one-year-old Anthony Rozelle Banks was pronounced dead Tuesday after he received a lethal injection of drugs at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Banks is the fourth Oklahoma death row inmate to be executed this year. Banks had a final meal of three apple-filled bear claw pastries and two 16-ounce bottles of water, according to a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Banks was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death by a Tulsa County jury for the June 6, 1979, killing of Sun 'Kim' Travis.
Travis was abducted from a Tulsa apartment complex parking lot, raped and shot in the head. Her body was found in a roadside ditch.
'I can't express the terrible things I've done. I'm sorry,' Banks said.
'To know that I took lives hurts me,' he said. He said he knew he had also hurt the victims' family members.
'This is justified,' Banks said. 'I've done one good thing in my life and that is to become a Jehovah's Witness. For that, I'm eternally grateful.'
Banks, strapped to a gurney with IV lines attached to his arms, acknowledged witnesses to his execution, including his attorney, Tom Hird of the Federal Public Defender's Office in Oklahoma City, and an unidentified spiritual adviser.
'I'm thankful everybody's here. I appreciate that,' he said.
Banks singled out Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who also witnessed his execution.
'I haven't seen you in years, decades,' Banks said with a smile.
Banks closed his eyes and took several deep breaths as the lethal drugs were injected into his body. He appeared to grimace briefly before he stopped breathing and his body went limp.
No one from the victim's family witnessed Banks' execution. Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a statement beforehand that said his thoughts were with the victim's family.
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