Steve Stephens was the man who murdered 74-year old Robert Godwin Sr. in cold blood on the street, while video taping it and posting on Facebook. The motives behind his actions were to get back at his ex-girlfriend. He had his victim repeat her name, “Joy Lane” into the camera before he shot him dead.
Joy Lane has never gotten to tell her side of the story, and now, she is sharing the voicemails this stone cold killer left the day before the murder took place. She says that a lot of people have been blaming her since the incident, but she had no clue that he was that desperate or capable of resorting to such measures.
She said that she still has a hard time wrapping her head around what Stephens did, “I think of him as a good guy who did something really wrong. “I believe Steve loved me probably like no man has ever loved me before.”
He said to her in her voicemail ” I’m motivated to just strive to be the best in life now. “I’m really motivated.”
They lived together for three years and were still living together as of two days before the murder. Lane revealed that Stephens had a secret gambling habit which was putting a lot of strain on their relationship. She told him, “It’s me or gambling.” Stephens had tried to call her twice before he shot Godwin, but she did not answer, saying, “I have no idea what he was going to say.”
Police had moved her and her three children to a hotel for their safety, fearing they were next on Stephens list.
Stephens told 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. to repeat the name “Joy Lane” before shooting him dead and posting footage of the killing to Facebook on April 16. Now Joy Lane, Stephens’ former girlfriend, is sharing voicemail messages he left her in the days before the murder. “I’m motived to just strive to be the best in life now,” he said in a message. “I’m really motivated.”
Lane lived with Stephens, 37, for three years. Two days before the murder, they were still living together and everything seemed fine, she said. But she said Stephens had a gambling habit that caused friction in their relationship, and she gave him an ultimatum: “It’s me or the gambling.” In the video of the killing, Stephens says he’s carrying out the murder in her name. “Are there people out there who blame you?” Inside Edition’s Les Trent asked her.
“Yes,” she responded.
She added that she’s haunted by the fact Stephens tried to call her twice before he killed Godwin and then disappeared. “I have no idea what he was going to say,” she said. “The police said that I should not text him but I did anyway. He did not get back to me.”