Steven Oken case

The Sun's archived coverage of the Steven Oken case.

In 9 minutes, witnesses watch death take hold

The window, with a curtain drawn behind it, became a mirror. In its reflection: witnesses to an execution.  Read more ...

Oken letter assailed Ehrlich on execution

Eight days before his execution, Steven H. Oken wrote a sharply worded letter to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. questioning the governor's political courage and asserting that by killing him Maryland would lose an opportunity to stop future murderers.  Read more ...

Steven Oken's letter to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

This is a word-for-word copy of the complete letter Steven Oken sent to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.  Read more ...

Md. puts Oken to death

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 White Marsh newlywed.  Read more ...

Protesters, 5 blocks and a world apart

Fred A. Romano's silver Grand Cherokee looked like a graffitti-ed subway car with all these anguished yellow daubings: "JUDGEMENT DAY IS HERE - OKEN MUST GO!" "JUSTICE HAS BEEN 17 YEARS TOO LONG!!" "REMEMBER THE VICTIMS."  Read more ...

For Md. death row inmates, a manual for the final days

Steven Oken's final days were carefully scripted in a 32-page state manual with eight appendixes.  Read more ...

High court clears way for Oken execution

The Supreme Court cleared the way last night for Steven Oken to be put to death by lethal injection, lifting a federal court order upheld hours earlier that would have indefinitely delayed the convicted killer's execution.  Read more ...

Judge postpones Oken's execution, spurring appeals

The legal struggle surrounding condemned killer Steven Oken's fate moved at a furious pace yesterday, as a federal judge delayed the execution -- and attorneys for the state promptly appealed so that he may yet be put to death before week's end.  Read more ...

Curran's views raise concern over conflict

A federal judge had derailed execution plans for convicted murderer Steven Oken, and a final push was needed before a killer could receive an injection of toxins. So the office of one of Maryland's most prominent death-penalty opponents sprang into action.  Read more ...

Trying to aid son before execution

Steven Oken and his mother talk on the phone nearly every day, and she visits him every week.  Read more ...

Lost lives, lost hopes mourned

Dawn Marie Garvin would be 37 years old now, and her family has no doubt that she'd have a house full of kids and a successful accounting career.  Read more ...

Circuit Court judge rejects motion to delay execution of Steven Oken

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge denied yesterday a last-minute motion to delay convicted killer Steven Oken's scheduled execution on the grounds that he received ineffective representation at his 1991 trial.  Read more ...

Oken's case a challenge in debate on death penalty

Next week's scheduled execution of Steven Oken presents a difficult case for all but the most resolute opponents of the death penalty.  Read more ...

Oken appeals death sentence again in '87 case

Lawyers for one of Maryland's most notorious death row inmates were once again before the Court of Appeals yesterday, this time arguing that a Baltimore County judge used an unconstitutional decision-making process when he sentenced Steven Oken to death in 1991.  Read more ...

Victim's family awaits killer's execution

The Romano family is getting ready.  Read more ...

Court to hear arguments on delay of execution

The state's highest court is to hear oral arguments today on a motion to delay the scheduled execution of convicted murderer Steven Oken.  Read more ...

For rabbi, stance on execution evolves

It was a speech like no other that Rabbi Rex Perlmeter had given -- delivered inside a Baptist church and pressing the argument that the death penalty is "killing the soul of this country."  Read more ...

Oken appeals on lethal injection denied

Two of convicted killer Steven Oken's legal efforts to halt his execution were rejected yesterday by a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge.  Read more ...

Oken seeks stay in execution

Convicted killer Steven Oken asked the state's highest court yesterday to halt his execution to allow him to challenge the constitutionality of Maryland's lethal injection process for putting a person to death.  Read more ...

Md. court delays execution of Oken

The state's highest court postponed yesterday the execution of Steven H. Oken, saying it wants time to hear arguments on one of the death row inmate's recent appeals.  Read more ...

Lawyers seek halt to Oken execution

Lawyers for convicted murderer Steven H. Oken have asked the state's highest court to halt their client's execution so a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge can examine whether, in light of a new University of Maryland study, the state's death penalty is unconstitutional.  Read more ...

Balto. Co. judge agrees to execution of Oken

A Baltimore County judge paved the way yesterday for Maryland's first execution in nearly five years when he agreed to sign a death warrant for convicted murderer Steven H. Oken. It is the first capital case to move forward under Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., whose entry into office last week effectively ended the state's moratorium on the death penalty.  Read more ...