Grady County charges are filed in Norman woman's death

Steven Ray Thompson, 27, of Amber, has been charged with first-degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in the death of a Norman woman and the beating of his girlfriend June 27 at his residence in Amber near Chickasha.
BY JANE GLENN CANNON jcannon@opubco.com Modified: July 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm •  Published: July 8, 2013
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— Charges of first-degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon have been filed against an Amber man accused of fatally shooting a Norman woman and beating his girlfriend.

Steven Ray Thompson, 27, is accused of shooting Sara Maisano, 23, in the head and using the butt of a shotgun to beat both Maisano and his girlfriend, Katie Garner, 26, on June 27 at a residence in Amber that Thompson shared with Garner, Grady County District Court records show.

Thompson called a Grady County dispatcher shortly before 11:30 p.m. and asked that law enforcement officers be sent to the house at 721 Northeast Road because he believed someone was deceased, according to a court affidavit.

Sheriff's deputies said they found Maisano shot to death in a bedroom. She also had been beaten.

Garner was sitting on a couch but was barely conscious, suffering from multiple injuries, the affidavit states. Before being taken by helicopter to an Oklahoma City hospital, Garner told deputies Stephens had been beating them “all night” and had killed Maisano.

District Attorney Jason Hicks said Monday that Garner was in critical condition for a while at OU Medical Center, but since has been released and is recovering.

“Her injuries were extensive, however,” he said.

Thompson is being held in the Grady County jail after being taken into custody June 27. Deputies said they recovered two weapons at the scene.

Maisano was the daughter of Norman's deputy police chief, Jim Maisano.


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