Steve Stephens gambled at West Virginia casino two days before Facebook killing

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2017

Stephens, 37, turned up at the fast-food chain and ordered 20 pieces of chicken nuggets and a basket of fries, according to the Erie restaurant's manager, Henry Sayers.

Ahead of an annual Facebook keynote Tuesday, the CEO of the company offered his condolences to the family of the man who was shot and killed by Steve Stephens, before the video was posted to the social media site on Easter Sunday.

Stephens' vehicle sustained minor damage after a trooper couldn't stop in time and hit the auto, but no other injuries to law enforcement were reported.

It is not thought Mr Godwin knew Stephens beforehand.

"[The employee] said, 'I think that's the guy".

Stephens in Facebook videos before and after the killing mentioned gambling and financial difficulties as reasons that he "snapped" and was looking for someone to kill.

They last talked Saturday night, she told the affiliate, when Stephens told her he'd quit his job and was moving out of state.

Lane said it has been hard watching her name dominate social media, where her connection to the killer became a topic of discussion over the weekend.

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".

"In addition to encouraging Stephens to turn himself in, Debbie Godwin voiced her forgiveness, saying, "(Y) ou know what, I believe that God would give me the grace to even embrace this man.

Joy Lane, Stephens' former girlfriend, told CNN affiliate WJW she was devastated the victim said her name before he was shot. "And that's been hard", she said. Stephens shot himself in the head after police made contact with the back of the Fusion to bring the vehicle to a halt.

Police were alerted of Stephens' whereabouts by McDonald's employees.

"We're grateful that this has ended", Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said.

"We're at lunchtime (and) we're initiating a pursuit where there are a lot of restaurants", Kline said.

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