Updated 09/21/23 at 9:57 p.m.
Between crime and execution of the sentence, almost three decades have passed. A 44-year-old American sentenced to death for murder and rape of a student in 1996 was executed this Thursday by lethal injection in Oklahoma.
The rape and murder of Juli Busken, 21, a dance student at the University of Oklahoma, remained unsolved until DNA testing of Anthony Sanchez following his incarceration in Oklahoma in 2002 for burglary .
Eighteen executions since the start of the year in the United States
State police later identified his DNA with that found on the victim, leading to Anthony Sanchez being sentenced to death in 2006. Sanchez has consistently maintained his innocence and recently blamed the crime to his father, who committed suicide in 2022 and would have confessed to having committed it, according to him.
But DNA tests carried out on the deceased invalidated this theory and Anthony Sanchez’s appeals to obtain a stay of execution were rejected. He was executed Thursday morning at the state penitentiary in the town of McAlester. Oklahoma resumed capital executions in 2021 after a six-year moratorium due to botched executions in 2014 and 2015. That of Anthony Sanchez is the third since the start of the year. This is the 18th execution in the United States in 2023, all carried out by lethal injection.
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