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Facebook Murder: Manhunt for Steve Stephens spreads to five states after video of pensioner’s murder posted online

Facebook Murder: Manhunt for Steve Stephens spreads to five states after video of pensioner’s murder posted online

A massive manhunt continues for a murder suspect who posted video of a deadly shooting on Facebook. Steve Stephens broadcast the random killing of a stranger, Robert Godwin Snr, 74, on Sunday afternoon and the horrific footage remained online for three hours before it was deleted.

Stephens, 37, later published another film claiming he had killed more than a dozen others. Police in Cleveland, Ohio, say they have not linked any other victims or incidents to the suspect.

Police have warned residents in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan that Stephens could have fled to a neighboring state and a $50,000 reward has been offered for anyone who can help capture him.

Mr Godwin was killed as he collected aluminium cans on a street in his neighbourhood, one of his sons said. The victim was described as a kind and caring father-of-nine who would “give you the shirt off his back”. Stephens’ mother claimed he was “shooting people” because he was “mad with his girlfriend”.

The pair had recently split, according to reports, and Stephens named his ex in the video and in an accompanying Facebook post.  Cleveland Police said the suspect is Steve Stephens, described as:

  • Black
  • 6’1″ 244 lbs
  • Bald with a full beard
  • Wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt
  • Driving a white or cream colored SUV.

The police said: “He is considered armed and dangerous. If seen call 9-1-1, do not approach the suspect.

“Police and EMS are swarming the Cleveland State area, take precautions and do not approach Stephens.”

Mirror

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