The ex-girlfriend of Steve Stephens — the Cleveland man who fatally shot a 74-year-old man on Facebook Live because of her — has broken her silence.
In a statement to CBS News, Joy Lane apologized for "all of this" and said she and Stephens had been in a relationship for "several years."
"My heart & prayers goes (sic) out to the family members of the victim(s)," she wrote in a text. "Steve really is a nice guy... he is generous with everyone he knows. He was very kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family. Please respect our privacy."
In a since-removed video called "Easter day slaughter" that Stephens had uploaded to Facebook Sunday, he can be seen approaching Robert Godwin Sr., a grandfather who was walking home from an Easter meal with his family. Stephens then pulls out a gun and orders Godwin to say Lane's name.
After Godwin tells Stephens he doesn't know Lane, Stephens says he's going to die because of her, then shoots Godwin in the head and leaves his corpse in the street.
Other videos Stephens posted before his account was deleted Sunday show him telling viewers things like: "I shamed myself. I snapped dog, I just snapped ... I killed 13 mother f*ckers man. I’m going to keep killing until they catch me, f*ck it," the NY Daily News reported.
Earlier Monday, Stephens' family had reportedly gone onto his Twitter account to publicly disown him.
"We absolutely do not condone this type of behavior and this atrocity, therefore we do not consider Steve a part of this family," their statement read, according to theGrio (you can read it in full here). "I would like everyone to refrain from posting pictures of our family in association with Steve, for we do not want our young ones to be burdened by this man. Please respect our privacy."
Police expanded the manhunt for Stephens nationwide on Monday afternoon, and are now offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, The New York Times reported. Authorities in Cleveland have not found any additional victims.