Murder Video Puts Facebook on the Spot

Jerome Frank
April 19, 2017

Cleveland police said they are searching for Stephens, a homicide suspect, who recorded himself shooting another man and then posed the video on Facebook on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Police radio dispatches reveal how Pennsylvania State Police were following Steve Stephens' white Ford Fusion in Erie, Pa.

Stephens' vehicle sustained minor damage after a trooper couldn't stop in time and hit the auto, but no injuries to law enforcement were reported. One trooper attempted a "PIT" maneuver, which is a way of ramming a vehicle meant to disable it.

Stephens then fatally shot himself inside the vehicle.

In interviews, some of Godwin's relatives forgave his killer.

Stephens is believed to have videotaped his actions and published it on Facebook, along with another video threatening to kill others and claiming he had already killed 13 people.

"He could be nearby", Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Stephen Anthony said Monday that he could be nearby, according to the Associated Press.

"This started with one tragedy and ended with another person taking his own life".

Cleveland's mayor says the death of a man who randomly killed an OH retiree and posted Facebook video of the slaying brings some closure in the slaying of an innocent man.

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It wasn't immediately clear where Stephens had been since the Sunday shooting in Cleveland, which killed a 74-year-old retired man. "And we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening".

Facebook says his account and the videos on it were disabled about 23 minutes after the video of the shooting of 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. was reported by a user.

Godwin explained what Stephens did to their family.

Cleveland authorities held a press conference at noon on Tuesday in reaction to Pennsylvania State Police confirming the death of Stephens.

His mobile phone signal was last tracked on Sunday afternoon to Erie, Pennsylvania, 100 miles (160km) from where police say he shot Mr Godwin.

Cleveland police are saying the video never should have been shared.

"I forgive him because we are all sinners", Robby Miller, Godwin's son, said in an interview with CNN. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his capture and prosecution.

Police would not speculate on what was behind the killing, but in the video and other footage he posted, Stephens talked about losing everything he had to gambling and having trouble with his girlfriend.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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