Man Convicted of Ballerina's Death Loses Appeal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A man who was sentenced to death for the killing of a University of Oklahoma dance student has lost a bid for a new trial.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday rejected Anthony Sanchez's appeal of his 2006 conviction in the slaying of Jewell "Juli" Busken, of Benton, Ark.

Sanchez's attorneys appealed on several grounds, the main argument being that the trial court erred in allowing Sanchez to be tried before a jury while in shackles. The 12 jurors and one alternate testified during an evidentiary hearing in May that they never saw Sanchez shackled.

Busken was abducted from outside her Norman apartment and found at Lake Stanley Draper on Dec. 20, 1996.

State investigators say they matched a DNA sample taken from Sanchez with evidence collected at the crime scene.

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