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.