Cleveland County judge considers use of DNA against suspected killer

Thursday, January 19th 2006, 12:25 pm
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- The attorney for a man charged with killing a University of Oklahoma dance student in 1996 wants to prohibit the use of DNA evidence in his murder trial.

Anthony Sanchez is charged with first-degree murder, rape and kidnapping in the death of Juli Busken. Busken was from Arkansas.

Sanchez was charged after DNA evidence linked him to the crime scene. But Sanchez's attorney says the DNA taken from Sanchez when he was in prison on a burglary conviction was taken unconstitutionally and illegally.

Cleveland County District Judge Bill Hetherington says he needs time before ruling on whether the DNA samples can be used at trial.

Jury selection for Sanchez's murder trial is to begin January 30th with testimony expected to start on February sixth.

Investigators say Busken was kidnapped from the parking lot of her apartment complex in Norman on December 20th, 1996. She was reported missing later that day when her parents arrived from Benton, Arkansas, to take her home for Christmas.

Her body was found that afternoon at Lake Stanley Draper.