Baton Rouge, Louisiana, authorities arrested a male suspect after he
reportedly tied a naked woman to the steering wheel of a car and repeatedly stabbed her during a 15-minute livestream video.
What are the details?
Police said that the nude body of 34-year-old Janice David was discovered bound to the steering wheel of a vehicle on April 18 in Baton Rouge.
David, according to reports, had been beaten, choked, and stabbed to death in the vehicle during a gruesome livestreamed video.
Investigators stated that it appeared someone tried to set the vehicle on fire following the attack.
Authorities said that the suspect, 35-year-old Earl Lee Johnson, livestreamed the stabbing on Facebook Live for approximately 15 minutes.
Police announced on Tuesday that they had arrested Johnson in connection with the violent crime and charged him with first-degree murder following an investigation into David's grisly death.
“Apparently [David and Johnson] 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,” Baton Rouge Police Department spokesperson L’Jean McKneely told reporters in a statement on Johnson's arrest.
Johnson has also reportedly confessed to David's murder.
"We interviewed him," McKneely added. "He admitted to committing the killing."
Johnson remains jailed without bond.
David’s cousin and godmother Terri Austin said that her loved one died a “very horrible” death.
“She didn’t deserve to die like this," she told WAFB-TV. "No one does,”
“I really thought, you know, when they say she died that it would have been a vehicle wreck or something like that," Austin added. "Wouldn’t never dream that someone would do this to her."
Anything else to know about this?
Johnson in 2007 was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to 15 years in prison with credit for time served, WBRZ-TV reported.
He was released from prison in January.