Summary of Offense:
He was convicted in the 1979 rape and murder of Sun I. Kim Travis in Tulsa County. The conviction came 20 years after the crime because of newly discovered DNA evidence. Banks had been serving a no-parole life sentence for an unrelated killing in which he originally had been sentenced to death. An appeal reversed that conviction, and he made a plea bargain to avoid death. A co-defendant in the 1979 case, Allen Wayne Nelson, received a life sentence.
Banks has been on death row since November 14, 1999.