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Reward of up to $50,000 for Facebook murder suspect: Cleveland mayor

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 01:34

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announces a reward of up to $50,000 for the arrest of Steve Stephens, the murder suspect who police say posted a Facebook video of himself shooting an elderly man. Colette Luke reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) MAYOR FRANK JACKSON SAYING: "There is an award of up to $50,000 for the arrest of Mr. Steve Stephens" Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announcing a reward on Monday for the arrest of Steve Stephens - the man wanted for aggravated murder after he appeared to shoot a man in a video uploaded to Facebook. (Clip of Facebook video) Police chief Calvin Williams pleading for his surrender. (SOUNDBITE) CLEVELAND POLICE CHIEF CALVIN WILLIAMS SAYING: "This is what we would consider a national search/We're still imploring Steve to turn himself in and definitely to contact a relative or friend because there are a lot of folks out there that want to talk to him and that want to get this resolved peacefully so Steve if you're out there listening, call someone." In the video, Stephens approaches a pedestrian - 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr - tells him he's about to die, then pulls the trigger. Police say the two men did not know each other. Stephens claims to have killed more than a dozen other people. But investigators say they have only linked one killing to Stevens so far, and have called on the FBI for assistance. The video of the Cleveland killing was viewable on Facebook for about three hours on Sunday before it was removed and Stephens' profile deactivated. Since 2008, Stephens worked as a vocational specialist and youth mentor at a behavioral health agency outside Cleveland. He has no prior criminal record.

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Reward of up to $50,000 for Facebook murder suspect: Cleveland mayor

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 01:34