Facebook video murder suspect kills himself in Pa., police confirm

Cheryl Sanders
April 23, 2017

But police would not speculate on what was behind it.

"If you're feeling, you know, not quite right and if there are things going on in your life that you need assistance with, you need to reach out and call somebody".

"She's the reason that this is about to happen to you", Stephens tells Godwin before pointing a gun at him.

Robert Godwin Sr (Facebook/AP) Godwin did not seem to recognise the name.

Before the shooting, he demanded Godwin say Joy Lane, the name of Stephens' ex-girlfriend. The behavioral health agency where he worked said an extensive background check before he was hired turned up nothing worrisome.


Facebook slaying suspect Steve Stephens was undone by a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and an order of fries.

Police say the 37-year-old Stephens had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

"He never ever told me he had problems or issues".

Speaking just a couple of hours before news emerged of his death, U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott said that his auto had no Global Positioning System tracking capabilities.

Lane told WJW she last spoke to Stephens the night before the shooting and he told her he had quit his job and moved out of the state.


"There might be people out there in similar situations and we could find out why he did what he did" if he hadn't killed himself, said Williams. The company has since announced it is launching a review for reporting harmful content.

The chilling video was posted on Facebook for three hours before it was taken down, drawing criticism of the social network and renewing questions about how responsibly it polices objectionable material. A few minutes after that, he went live and confessed. His account has since been disabled and the videos are no longer public. Stephens said in a separate video on Facebook on Sunday that he had already killed a dozen others. "We are grateful this has ended, but we preferred it had not ended this way".

Stephens and Godwin did not appear to know each other, according to authorities. The son said he believed his father was looking for cans on Sunday when Stephens approached him.

Law enforcement officials said his cellphone was last tracked Sunday afternoon in Erie, Pennsylvania, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) east of Cleveland.

Police said it wasn't clear whether Stephens had any help while he was on the run or where he had been and that investigators will try to retrace his steps.


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