The Man Who Posted A Facebook Murder Video Is Now Dead

Steve Stephens has been on the run with a nationwide manhunt to find him. The Cleveland man had allegedly killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. in Cleveland Sunday afternoon and then posted a video of the killing on Facebook.

After posting the video, it took an hour and 45 minutes before the video was flagged by Facebook. Facebook publicly apologized in a statement on Monday, saying, “We know we need to do better.”

He is no longer at large according to Pennsylvania State Police. He was located by agents in Eerie County and shot himself after a brief pursuit, shortly after 11am.

After he was spotted, officers stopped the suspect’s car. When they approached, Stephens shot himself and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

“We are grateful that this has ended,” said Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams. “We would prefer that it not have ended this way.”

Authorities have been searching for Stephens since Sunday after he disappeared shortly after the murder. Cleveland Police offered $50,000 on Monday for any information leading to his capture, and photos of his car and license plate were widely circulated.

Stephens had no previous criminal record but he claimed to have committed multiple homicides.

Godwin’s daughter, Tonya Godwin Baines, told ABC News Monday that the video of her father being murdered will “forever will be in my mind because I saw the fear in my father’s eyes.”

“Feels like our heart is just ripped out of our chest. For somebody to brutally murder my father like that is unbelievable,” she continued.

Sofia Vida

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