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Anthony R. Banks – Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester

Name: Anthony Rozelle Banks

DOB: 07/05/1952

Sex: Male

Age at Date of Crime: 26

Victim(s): Sun Travis, 25, DOB: 05/10/1954

Date of Crime: 06/06/1979

Date of Sentence: 10/28/1999

Crime Location: Victim kidnapped at 1117 S College in her apartment complex parking lot. Her body was found in a field in the 1800 block of E 36 St. North in Tulsa.

Judge: Thomas C. Gillert

Prosecuting: Doug Drummond, Chad A. Greer

Defending: James C. Bowen, Mark Matheson

Circumstances Surrounding Crime:

Banks was found guilty by a jury of his peers for the first-degree murder and rape of Sun Travis, 25, of Tulsa. Sun Travis was returning home from work when she was kidnapped, raped and brutally murdered. Her body was discovered the next day in a roadside ditch.

In November 1979, Banks was in custody on unrelated charges when he gave a statement to police implicating an accomplice in the murder of Travis. There was not enough evidence to charge Banks until DNA testing became available.

In 1997, DNA testing was conducted. The results confirmed Banks’ participation in the kidnaping, rape and murder of Sun Travis.

Banks had at least eight prior violent felony convictions, ranging from armed robbery to a second first-degree murder conviction.

Statement from Attorney General Scott Pruitt:

“Anthony Banks brutally ended the life of an innocent young woman and has proven his willingness to continue committing violent crimes,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said. “My thoughts are with the family and friends of Sun Travis, who lost a loved one due to Banks’ heinous actions.”

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