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Steven Howard OKEN




Steven Oken



Steven Oken with his family.



Steven Oken



Steven Oken



Fred A. Romano (left) and his father, Fred J. Romano, plan to stand outside Maryland's death row on the night of the execution. The younger man has created a pro-death
penalty Web site.
(Sun photo by Lloyd Fox / June 7, 2004)



Betty Romano, whose daughter was killed by Steven Oken, walks past Oken's lead attorney,
Fred Bennett, after the execution. "The system has failed," Bennett said.
(Michael Lutzky -- The Washington Post)



Fred A. Romano (center), brother of murder victim Dawn Marie Garvin, and other supporters cheer as prison officials announce that Steven Oken had been executed. Oken, convicted in the deaths of three women, died at 9:18 p.m. last night.
(Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / June 17, 2004)



The victims


Newlywed Dawn Marie Garvin was raped and killed on November 1, 1987.



Oken sexually assaulted and murdered his sister-in-law, Patricia Hirt, at his Maryland home.



Oken sexually assaulted and murdered Lori E. Ward, the 25-year-old desk clerk
at his Kittery, Maine hotel on November 16, 1987



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