Woman’s Fatal Stabbing Livestreamed on Facebook, Man Charged

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
April 19, 2022USshare
Woman’s Fatal Stabbing Livestreamed on Facebook, Man Charged
Police car patrols in Baton Rouge, La., on July 17, 2016. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La.—The livestreamed fatal stabbing of a woman on social media led police to her body in an office building parking lot in Louisiana’s capital.

Baton Rouge Police found Janice David’s naked body bound to a vehicle’s steering wheel with jumper cables late Monday night, news outlets reported.

Someone who saw the video of the attack on a Facebook Live feed notified Facebook, which in turn contacted authorities, according to the reports.

Authorities arrested Earl Lee Johnson, 35, on Monday and charged him with first-degree murder. During a news conference Tuesday to announce the arrest, police said Johnson and David had been on a dayslong “drug binge” before he allegedly choked, beat, and stabbed her.

“Apparently 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,” police spokesperson L’Jean McKneely said.

Autopsy results are pending on David, 34, of Baton Rouge.

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