Ex-girlfriend of Facebook killer meets victim’s daughters, tries to ‘pick up the pieces’ of her life

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 5:13 PM

The ex-girlfriend the man who recorded and uploaded video in which he shot and killed a 74-year-old man is “trying to pick up the pieces” of her life.

Steve Stephens blamed his former girlfriend, Joy Lane, for the killing.

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“The hashtags Joy Lane, Joy Lane massacre ... I don’t know if I know how to be Joy Lane anymore. I don’t know how to pick up all the pieces of my world at the moment,” Lane told WJW-TV. “I’ve got a lot of negative comments. I’ve been called almost every cuss word in the book. I’ve been told that I’m the one who should have died, he should have killed me.”

Stephens, who dated Lane for several years, mentioned her moments before shooting Robert Godwin Sr. on Sunday, saying, “She’s the reason why all this is about to happen to you.” He also made Godwin say her name before gunning him down.

Since Stephens’ suicide on Tuesday, Lane has received support from many close to her, but also from two strangers: two of Godwin’s daughters, Tonya R. Godwin-Baines and Debbie D. Godwin. Lane met the sisters, and the three women hugged, cried and prayed together, WJW-TV reported.

“I feel bad. The last thing he would have said is my name, and he didn’t know me or why he was saying, and that’s been difficult,” Lane told the women.

The Godwin family, however, doesn’t blame her for the tragic incident.

“It’s not your fault,” Godwin-Baines told Lane. “We don’t hold any ill feelings towards you.”

After Godwin’s murder, Lane was placed in protective care while authorities launched a nationwide hunt for Stephens over the course of several days.

Lane said she tried to call Stephens after he posted the video on Facebook, but he didn’t answer. 

She told WJW-TV she and Stephens had once looked at engagement rings, but they recently “mutually parted ways,” in part because he had a gambling issue. She said the two remained friends. Stephens called Lane the day before the murder to tell her he had quit his job and planned to move out of state.

Stephens took his own life on Tuesday as police attempted to pull him over.

Godwin was the father of 10 children. 

See video of Lane’s meeting with Godwin’s daughters at WJW-TV.

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Rare, 400-pound crocodile gets surgery at Florida zoo

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 6:43 PM

A crocodile. (Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

A 13-year-old Orinoco crocodile was taken into surgery at the Zoo Hospital in Miami on Friday to treat an infected wound.

A team of zoo staff veterinarians operated on the croc’s left wrist when “something, probably another cranky crocodile, took a bite out of it,” the Miami Herald reports.

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Orinoco crocodiles are a rare, endangered species that reside in fresh-water areas of the Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela, the zoo told the Herald. They can grow up to 15 feet long.

The zoo’s 10-foot reptile resides at the “Amazon and Beyond” exhibit, according to the Herald. Veterinarians did routine screenings before operating on the crocodile, which included X-rays and blood tests.

The nearly 400-pound crocodile is currently recovering at the hospital and will remain there for a few days until the wound heals. 

Hernandez family thankful for condolences, asks for privacy at funeral

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 5:36 PM

Aaron Hernandez's fiancee Shayanna Jenkins. (Photo: WFXT)

The body of former football star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez will be moved to a funeral home in Connecticut this weekend, just days after he apparently took his own life in jail. 

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His family sent a statement Saturday, thanking the public for offering condolences and complying with the family’s request for privacy:

"The family of Aaron Hernandez wishes to thank all of you for the thoughtful expressions of condolences. We wish to say goodbye to Aaron in a private ceremony and thank everyone in advance for affording us a measure of privacy during this difficult time."

The family wishes to remain private during the funeral, to which the media will not be allowed.

Hernandez’s body was taken from Massachusetts to the O’Brien Funeral Home in Bristol, Connecticut.

Mother hopes new sketches will help find son 38 years after kidnapping

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 6:01 PM

An age progression sketch of

A mother whose son was kidnapped just days after he was born believes she will one day find him.

"I wonder about him, pray about him. I pray he's OK," Donna Green said.

Green's son, Raymond, was kidnapped nearly 40 years ago. She believes a woman who befriended her at the hospital took him.

"I was standing at the nursery, looking at the window, looking at my son, when this young lady came up to me and asked which one was my son. I pointed at him," Green said.

The woman introduced herself as Lisa Morris on Nov. 1, 1978, at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Green was 16 years old at the time and had just given birth.

"She said how beautiful he was. I asked he why she was there. She said her sister just had a baby," Green said.

Green checked out of the hospital five days later and Morris showed up at her southwest Atlanta apartment uninvited.

"She said she wanted to see how I was doing and how the baby was doing. That's when my radar went up a bit," she said.

Green left her son with her brother to go take a shower and when she returned, her brother was asleep and the baby was gone.

Police have now released an age-progressed sketch of the child and the woman who they say kidnapped him.

"I want him to know that I never stopped looking for him, and I never will. I believe in my heart he will come home," Green said.

The mother hopes the new sketches will help police continue their search.

If you know anything about the case, call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

Campbell's soup recalled due to labeling

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 4:40 PM

Cambell's Soup is recalling some of its soup because it is mislabeled. (Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Campbell Soup Co. is recalling more than 4,000 pounds of chicken soup due to mislabeling.

“Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta” 18.6 oz. cans with a best buy date of Feb. 13, 2019, have been recalled. The cans have EST. 4R written on the bottom of them.

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The cans were filled with the wrong soup; Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Italian-Style Wedding Spinach & Meatballs in Chicken Broth, which contains milk. The soup was put in the chicken with whole grain pasta labeled cans, which does not have milk on the product label.

There are no reports of illnesses. Consumers who purchased these products should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.