17 Years After His Crimes, Killer Executed in Maryland

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After a furious legal battle that ended only in his final hour, Steven Howard Oken wrote a letter expressing remorse, smiled with a priest and submitted to his death by lethal injection last night for the 1987 rape and murder of a newlywed, reports the Baltimore Sun. Maryland’s execution of Oken, a pharmacist’s son, at 9:18 p.m., brought chants of “justice has been served” from a crowd of 60 people gathered with relatives of murder victim Dawn Marie Garvin outside the old state penitentiary in Baltimore.

Oken sexually assaulted and killed three women – two in Maryland, one in Maine – in as many weeks in the fall of 1987. His legal team filed appeal after appeal over the years, and the case had been closely followed in the region by both opponents and supporters of capital punishment.

Link: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/crime/bal-te.md.oken18jun18,0,1981233.story?coll=bal-home-headline

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