Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

How the 'Facebook Killer' Was Caught Thanks to Quick-Thinking McDonald's Workers

How the 'Facebook Killer' Was Caught Thanks to Quick-Thinking McDonald's Workers

"'Facebook Killer' Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County".

Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Steve Stephens, the OH man who shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin on Sunday and then uploaded a video of the slaying to Facebook, is dead.

Acting on a tip, Pennsylvania state police spotted Stephens, 37, leaving a McDonald's in Erie and went after him, bumping his vehicle to try to get it to stop, authorities said.

The chase lasted two miles before Stephens took his own life, police said.

Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said: "I think the people on social media kind of know the power and I think they know the harm it can do".

On Sunday, Stephens uploaded three videos to Facebook.

Beech Brook, a behavioral health facility in a Cleveland suburb where Stephens had worked since 2008, said in a statement on Tuesday that Stephens had cleared an extensive background check.

Facebook drew criticism for not removing the gruesome video until two hours after Stephens posted it.

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After Godwin complies, Stephens responds: "She's the reason why this is about to happen to you", before fatally shooting his victim through a white plastic bag Godwin held up in a bid to protect himself.

74-year-old Robert Godwin was shot and killed by Stephens on Easter Sunday while he was on his way home from a family luncheon. It was just the latest instance of crime footage being shared on social media.

"But he just took his nuggets and said, 'I have to go, ' and he drove off", Sayers told press, while adding that Stephens did not speed away, but rather drove off normally, without the fries.

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

The company has since announced it is launching a review for reporting harmful content.

After a brief exchange in which Mr Godwin was asked to say a woman's name - that of Stephens' ex-girlfriend, Joy Lane - he was shot dead.

Authorities on Monday offered a reward of $50,000 for his capture.

"Our hearts go out to family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr. I'm angry with him, yes, but I forgive him", Godwin-Baines told Lane.

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