Ex-girlfriend of Facebook murder suspect meets with victim's family

Posted April 20, 2017

Troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police pursued him for under a mile before the suspect shot and killed himself, according to Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

A nationwide manhunt in the USA came to an end Tuesday when a man accused of posting a murder video on Facebook shot himself after a short police chase, authorities said.

Facebook took down the video, as well as others he posted, and disabled his account within a few hours.

In the video, which appears shaky, Stephens gets out of his auto and appears to randomly target Godwin who is holding a plastic shopping bag.

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A five-state manhunt was launched to find Stephens after the children's mental health worker vowed to "keep killing until they (police) catch me".

Stephens was accused of fatally shooting Robert Godwin Sr in Cleveland, Ohio as the 74-year-old grandfather was walking home from dinner on Easter Sunday.

Mourning family members of a Cleveland man whose murder on Easter Sunday was posted online in a Facebook video said that despite their grief, they forgive their father's killer.

Facebook has since announced it was launching a review for reporting harmful content. "I snapped", he said, "I just snapped".

The mother, who expressed her condolences to the Godwin family, said Wednesday she believes Stephens' breakup with Joy Lane triggered the killing. "The murderer. We want to wrap our arms around him", said Tonya Godwin Baines in a CNN interview.

"We have a lot more to do here", Zuckerberg said. Godwin did not seem to recognize the name.

Authorities said Godwin is the only known victim despite an extensive investigation into Stephens' claims to have killed others.

Police later located him by a cellphone ping.

"All I can say is that I wish he had gone down in a hail of one hundred bullets", she said.