Anthony Sanchez, the killer who brutally murdered 21-year-old Juli Busken, has been executed.
The Oklahoma State Penitentiary announced the execution of Antony Sanchez, convicted of murder, at 10.19 local time.
Sanchez, who was convicted of murder, has not applied for clemency, although he continues to maintain that he had nothing to do with Busken’s murder.
In a telephone interview with the Associated Press (AP) before his execution, Sanchez maintained his innocence, claiming that the DNA found was fake and not his.
On the other hand, Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond noted that DNA evidence conclusively linked Sanchez to Busken’s murder.
Busken was found dead on December 20, 1996, raped and shot in the head after being abducted from the parking lot of the apartment building where she lived.
While the killer was not identified in the case for years, Sanchez’s giving a DNA sample when he was jailed for theft in 2002 changed the course of the case.
Sanchez was sentenced to death in 2006 after a semen sample found on Busken’s clothes at the crime scene matched Sanchez’s DNA.
Tim Kuykendall, the Cleveland District Attorney at the time of Sanchez’s trial, noted that in addition to DNA evidence, there was other evidence linking Sanchez to the murder, including ballistics and a shoe print found at the scene.