OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has denied a request for a new hearing for a 39-year-old man who was sentenced to death in the 1996 killing of a University of Oklahoma ballerina from Benton.
The appeals court handed down the decision Tuesday in the case of Anthony Sanchez, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Juli Busken, 21.
Busken had completed her last semester at the University of Oklahoma when she was abducted Dec. 20, 1996. Her body was found that evening in southeast Oklahoma City. She had been raped and shot in the head.
Among other things, Sanchez claims his race and the victim's gender were factors in the death penalty he received. His attorney, Mark Barrett, said he's disappointed by the court's decision.
State Desk on 08/23/2017