McDonald's order trips up Facebook slaying suspect in Erie, Pa.

Carla Harmon
April 22, 2017

The man who police say shot a Cleveland retiree at random and posted video of the killing on Facebook was recognized by the drive-thru attendant of a McDonald's restaurant outside Erie, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday morning.

Stephens had ordered a 20-piece McNuggets and a side of fries.

The break in the case came when police received a tip that Stephens' vehicle was in the McDonald's parking lot in Erie, in the northwestern corner of the state, about 100 miles east of Cleveland, authorities said.

Steve Stephens walked up to 74-year-old Robert Godwin and told him to say the name Joy Lane before he shot him in the head.

State police previously said they recovered the gun Stephens used to kill himself and are testing it to see if it was used in the Easter Sunday fatal shooting of Robert Godwin Sr.


"I am pretty sure he figured out that we were on to him", said DuCharme Jr. Don't go out here and do something stupid.

Following a brief police pursuit, Stephens died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Lane said she and Stephens dated for a while, and had discussed getting engaged, but they broke up and she urged him to seek help for gambling issues.

"I'm a clinician", she said.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak). Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams answers questions during a news conference, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Cleveland.


Brave: The brave employees, who worked here in Erie, Pennsylvania, got Stephens to wait while they called 911 by telling him that his fries weren't ready.

"She's the reason that this is about to happen to you", Stephens told Godwin in the video. The Erie County Coroner's office said that Stephens' body was picked up Thursday and taken back to Cleveland by Nesbitt Funeral Home in Cleveland.

"In addition to encouraging Stephens to turn himself in, Debbie Godwin voiced her forgiveness, saying, "(Y) ou know what, I believe that God would give me the grace to even embrace this man.

Pennsylvania State Police followed Stephens' white Ford Fusion in what authorities described as a short pursuit that never exceeded 50 miles per hour.

Pennsylvania State Police cordon off a one-block radius area as they investigate the scene where Steve Stephens was found in Erie.


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