TIMELINE | How a deadly Facebook shooting led to Steve Stephens' suicide

The search for Steve Stephens, the man accused of shooting a 74-year-old dead on Easter Sunday, ended Tuesday morning when he was found dead inside his car in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Stephens is accused of shooting 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr., and posting video of the murder to Facebook. Police expanded their search beyond state lines with belief that Stephens may have left Ohio.

Those beliefs were confirmed Tuesday around 11:10 a.m., when Pennsylvania State Police spotted Stephens' car and attempted to pull him over. Instead, Stephens shot and killed himself.

Timeline

The suspect

Name: Steve Stephens, 37, with a last known address in Twinsburg

Vehicle: White Ford Fusion, temp tag #E363630

The victim

Name: Robert Godwin, Sr., 74

Godwin was a father to 10. His family says he was taking a walk, collecting aluminum cans, on E. 93rd Street prior to Easter dinner when he was killed. He'll be laid to rest Saturday.

The video

Stephens uploaded video of himself shooting Godwin to his Facebook page. He also went live on Facebook to confess to the murder. Stephens' account has been disabled and all videos are no longer visible to the public.

Stephens' death

The search for Stephens came to an end after two days on the run, when he shot and killed himself in Erie, Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Stephens visited a McDonald's drive-thru, where an employee recognized him and stalled him long enough to call 911. When Stephens saw police approaching, he drove off.

A two-minute pursuit followed before Stephens shot and killed himself.

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