Anthony Sanchez Executed for 1996 Killing of University of Oklahoma Dance Student

Anthony Sanchez, the man convicted of raping and murdering University of Oklahoma dance student Juli Busken in 1996, was executed on Thursday morning.

Here are the key points:

  • Anthony Sanchez, 44, was executed on Thursday morning for the rape and murder of University of Oklahoma dance student Juli Busken in 19961234567.
  • Busken was abducted from the parking lot of her Norman apartment complex on December 20, 1996, and her body was found bound, raped, and shot in the head near a lake in southeast Oklahoma City1.
  • Sanchez was serving time for burglary when DNA from the crime scene matched him to the murder of Busken1.
  • Sanchez's attorney, Eric Allen of Columbus, Ohio, requested a stay of execution in federal court, claiming he needed more time to go through boxes of evidence in the case. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the request on Thursday1.
  • Sanchez maintained his innocence until the end, saying "I'm innocent" as he was strapped to a gurney inside the death chamber. "I didn't kill nobody"27.

The execution of Sanchez brings closure to the family of Juli Busken and marks the end of a decades-long legal battle.