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'Only Steve knows': Brazen act baffles cops

Published:Monday | April 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM


In a rambling video, Steve Stephens said, "I snapped, I just snapped." But as the manhunt dragged on yesterday for the man accused of posting Facebook footage of himself killing a Cleveland retiree, police were unable to explain what set him off.

"Only Steve knows that," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said as authorities posted a $50,000 reward for Stephens' capture in the shooting of Robert Godwin Sr, a 74-year-old former foundry worker.

In the video, Stephens blamed a former girlfriend he had lived with, saying he woke up last week and "couldn't take it anymore". But in a statement yesterday, the woman shed little light on what might have gone wrong and said Stephens was good to her and her children.

As for the shooting victim, Godwin appeared to have been selected at random, gunned down while picking up aluminium cans on Sunday afternoon after spending Easter with some of his children.