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The girlfriend Steve Stephens blamed for the horrific Facebook Live murder of an elderly stranger told CBS News he was a “nice guy” but that she is very sorry for what Stephens has done.
Joy Lane has spoken to the national news media via text message. She’s the woman whose name Stephens made his victim, Robert Godwin Sr., say in the Facebook Live stream before he allegedly killed the man, who had just returned from Easter dinner with his children.
Some news stations have referred to Lane as Stephens’ ex wife, but she told CBS News she is his girlfriend.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Stephens Blamed Lane for the Facebook Live Murder & Made the Victim Say Lane’s Name
Stephens, in the Facebook Live video, attempted to blame Lane for his actions. He says in the video that he “snapped because of a woman,” reports the Columbus Dispatch.
According to CBS News, he randomly approach the victim, Godwin, “to say a woman’s name and pulls out his gun. The elderly man repeatedly tells the suspect he doesn’t know the woman… but the suspect pulls the trigger, shooting the man in the head, leaving him bloodied in the street.” The woman whose name Stephens ordered the victim to say is Lane. It was all captured in the horrific Facebook Live stream, which has now been taken down.
A massive manhunt is underway in Cleveland for Stephens, who also claimed he’d murdered other people on Easter Sunday, although police can find no evidence of that.
Police have been talking to Stephens’ family and friends, reported the Columbus Dispatch.
2. Lane Said She Was Sorry for What Happened but Called Stephens a ‘Nice Guy’
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Lane has described herself as Stephen’s longtime girlfriend. She said they had been dating for years, and that expressed condolences to the family members of Godwin.
However, she also had kind words for Stephens.
She told CBS News in a text message: “We had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim(s). Steve really is a nice guy…he is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family Please respect our privacy at this time.”
3. Police Say That Lane Is Fully Cooperating With Them
As the manhunt unfolded, police said they had secured Lane’s help in doing whatever she could to help them put an end to it.
Cleveland.com says police say Lane is cooperating with them.
4. Stephens Said Lane ‘Drove Him Crazy’ in the Facebook Live Murder Video
In the Facebook video in which he murders Godwin, Stephens talks about Lane at some length. He says she “drove him crazy.” They were supposed to be married, he says, adding, “we are all human and we all have breaking points.”
There is a link to the video of the murder below at the end of this article. Be forewarned that it is very graphic. Stephens was no stranger to firearms, and brandishing them on social media was something he freely did; he posted a series of other videos on Facebook that show him shooting guns.
5. Stephens’ Mother Says She Told Her Son to ‘Stop’ but Stephens Tried to Put Blame on Her Shoulders Too
Stephens’ mother, Maggie Green, confirmed the domestic motive to the shooting in an interview with CNN, saying she had tried to no avail to stop her son before he went on the rampage.
She told CNN that “she had spoken to her son on Sunday and he told her he was ‘mad with his girlfriend. That’s why he is shooting people and he won’t stop until his mother or girlfriend tell him to stop.’”
Green told CNN that “she told her son to stop. She said she was upset and in disbelief.”
In addition to his girlfriend, Stephens tried to cast blame for his behavior on his mother.
Stephens said in the video that he went to talk to his mother to say he was feeling suicidal and homicidal but she didn’t seem to care and he blamed her in part for his actions.
“Didn’t care, it don’t matter, people would come to me with their problems, I would deal with my problems everyday,” Stephens says in the video. “But when it comes to my problems, nobody gives a f*ck. It’s like I’m always the bad guy, no matter what the f*ck I do, people always making it out on me…. Innocent people about to die today. Hopefully I’m going to try and kill as many people as I can and be on death row or whatever the case may be. I just don’t give a f*ck no more. I’m beat, I’m tired, you know.”
According to CNN, people who saw the Facebook video of the murder called police.
You can watch the video here. Be aware that it’s very graphic:
WATCH: Elderly Man Shot & Killed in Cleveland on Facebook Live [GRAPHIC]
An elderly man was shot and killed by a gunman, identified by Cleveland Police as Steve Stephens, in a video broadcast on Facebook Live.
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April 17, 2017 12:20 am