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A Louisana man allegedly beat and stabbed a woman to death inside a car, all while streaming the brutal murder on Facebook Live.
Earl Lee Johnson, Jr., 35, was arrested on Monday night for the Monday murder of Janice David, 34, the Baton Rouge Police Department announced in a Tuesday press release.
"Police believe David had been beaten and stabbed to death,” the release states.
"East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Detectives were notified by State Police of a Facebook Live video that recorded a male stabbing a female,” said police, indicating that Facebook users reported the disturbing video.
The footage allegedly shows Johnson stabbing David in a car while berating her. The footage was also live-streamed on Instagram.
Deputies from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office located the vehicle on Monday night, where they found David’s body.
According to an affidavit, obtained by The Advocate, Johnson allegedly admitted to killing David with "anything within his reach" while in a drug-fueled state. He allegedly confessed to using both meth and heroin at the time of the killing and said he tried to set the car on fire before stealing another car to escape.
Johnson has been charged with one count of first-degree murder. He has yet to enter a plea.
Just hours before he was arrested for David’s murder, police arrested him for allegedly stealing a vehicle. He was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and aggravated flight from an officer in connection with that incident.
Johnson is being held without bail. It’s not clear if he has an attorney. He was previously arrested in 2005 on several counts of armed robbery, possession of stolen firearms and receiving stolen goods.
The relationship between Johnson and Davis is not clear.
During a press conference, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesperson L'Jean McKneely stated, "What we do believe is that they had been on three-four day drug binge together. From there, at the end of it, he choked her, he beat her and he stabbed her and from there, he tried to set the car on fire," Newsweek reports.
"They were involved in some drug usage together for a couple of days, and the end result, as everyone has seen on Facebook Live, is a very gruesome, very evil act," McKneely added.
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