Oklahoma to resume execution by lethal injection


Oklahoma to resume execution by lethal injection

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Oklahoma executed Anthony Sanchez on Thursday for the 1996 killing of Juli Busken, a University of Oklahoma dance student, according to the Associated Press. Sanchez, 44, was convicted of raping and murdering Busken in 2006 after his DNA was matched to the slaying while he was serving a burglary sentence.

Sanchez was executed by lethal injection, which the state resumed using after a six-year-moratorium. He was pronounced dead at 10:19 a.m. CDT.

Even though Sanchez long said he didn’t kill Busken, he didn’t seek clemency from Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, telling the Associated Press “it doesn’t go well for the inmates” no matter what the governor decides. He did ask Stitt for a 60-day reprieve so his new attorneys could review his case, according to The Oklahoman newspaper.

Sanchez’s attorneys also sought a stay of execution in federal court to have more time to go through evidence from the case. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the request before Thursday’s execution.

Earlier this year, Sanchez accused his late father of killing Busken, citing an alleged confession revealed by an ex-girlfriend of Sanchez’s dad, Thomas Glen Sanchez.

“Once he said he … enjoyed watching her die,” Charlotte Beattie wrote in a sworn statement, according to the Oklahoman. “Glen said that he regretted Anthony was on death row for something Glen did. But he said that Anthony was tough and could deal with being locked up, whereas Glen wasn’t strong enough to adapt to being incarcerated.”

The state’s attorney general said as recently as last month that there was “no conceivable doubt” that the younger Sanchez killed Busken and the DNA recovered from the killing belonged to him.

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