OKLAHOMA CITY —
In July, Banks waived his right to ask the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to commute his death sentence to life in prison, according to his defense attorney, Thomas Hird of the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Oklahoma City.
Banks’ execution by lethal injection will be the fourth in Oklahoma this year.
Steven Ray Thacker, 42, was executed on March 12 for the 1999 death of a woman whose credit cards he used to buy Christmas presents for his family. James Lewis DeRosa, 36, was executed on June 18 for the October 2000 stabbing deaths of a couple on whose ranch he had worked. And Brian Darrell Davis, 39, was executed on June 25 for raping and killing his girlfriend’s mother in 2001. Besides Banks’, no other executions have been scheduled.
The state uses a three-drug lethal injection protocol. Pentobarbital is the first drug administered and renders a condemned inmate unconscious. It’s followed by vecuronium bromide, which stops the inmate’s breathing, then potassium chloride to stop the heart.
A spokesman for the Department of Corrections, Jerry Massie, said Banks has asked that his daughter and a spiritual adviser as well as his attorney and defense investigators be present to witness his execution, scheduled for 6 p.m.