The girlfriend Steve Stephens blamed for the horrific Facebook video murder of an elderly stranger told CBS News he was a “nice guy” but says she is very sorry for what Stephens has done.
Joy Lane has spoken to the national news media via text message and to her friends on Facebook. Stephens made his victim, Robert Godwin Sr., say her name in the video posted to Facebook before he allegedly killed the man, who had just returned from Easter dinner with his children.
Some news stations have referred to Lane as Stephens’ ex wife, but she told CBS News she is his girlfriend. Lane is a clinical supervisor who works in children’s behavioral health, according to her LinkedIn page. (Stephens also worked in the same area.)
Shortly after news broke of the shooting, Lane wrote on Facebook that she was safe and was praying for all involved – including Stephens.
Lane – who also went by the name Joy Carr on Facebook – wrote, “This is the fastest way to update everybody. I am safe and with the police. I am Not okay… this is a lot. I can’t believe this is happening. I am very sad for everyone involved. I am praying for them and I am praying for Steve. He needs help.” She has since deleted her account. A friend took a screenshot of the message:
Joy Lane, Stephens’ longtime partner, broke her silence on the shooting in a text message to CBS News.
“We had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim(s). Steve really is a nice guy… he is generous with everyone he knows. He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family Please respect our privacy at this time.”