Sheriff: Facebook murder suspect at W.Va. Casino days before murder

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man accused of gunning down a 74-year-old man and posting the video of the incident to Facebook was at a casino in West Virginia two days before the killing.


Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher confirms to WSAZ that Steve Stephens was at the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort two days prior to the shooting in Cleveland, Ohio.

Hancock County is located in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle.

According to Fletcher, the casino security staff went through records and determined that Stephens had been at the facility in the days leading up to the Easter Sunday murder.

Sheriff Fletcher said that once the connection was made, all deputies were put on alert and they had pictures of Stephens and his vehicle in their cars to keep an eye out for him to assist in his apprehension.

Stephens said on Facebook that his gambling had caused him to "lose everything" and that he was "out of options."

Stephens shot and killed himself Tuesday in Erie County, Pennsylvania, after a police chase.

Employees at McDonald's recognized him and delayed his food order in an effort to give police more time to catch up to Stephens.

Robert Godwin Sr. was the victim in Sunday's killing.