A man in Louisiana live-streamed his brutal slaying of a woman — broadcasting himself violently beating and stabbing her for fifteen minutes!
The brutalized body of the woman in the video was eventually found by police, nude and bound to the steering wheel of a car.
The Baton Rouge Police Department said Earl Lee Johnson Jr., 35, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Janice David, 34, whose body was found inside the vehicle. Police confirmed the woman’s brutal death was broadcast on Instagram in a gruesome, nearly 15-minute live feed. They added Johnson was already in custody when they learned of the video. They noted he admitted to killing the woman.
“Very horrible, very horrible. She didn’t deserve to die like this…no one does,” said Terri Austin, who is the cousin and godmother of David.
“As everyone has seen on Facebook [Instagram] live, it’s a very gruesome, very evil act,” said Sgt. L’Jean McKneely.
Police sources said David’s hands were bound to the steering wheel and that she was found naked.
“I really thought, you know when they say she died that it would have been a vehicle wreck or something like that, wouldn’t never dream that someone would do this to her,” added Austin.
Detectives said Johnson choked David, beat her, and stabbed her. They added it is believed the pair had been on a three or four-day drug binge together.
“She was caught up in a world I guess you could say that you know it was hard for her to get away from,” explained Austin.
Investigators said the suspect was injured in a police pursuit and was taken to a hospital.
According to investigators, the body was found in the parking lot of Sherwood Towers, an office building located on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard near Newcastle Avenue.
BRPD said officers responded to a call a little before 10 pm regarding the body of a dead female. The body was found inside a vehicle in the parking lot, authorities added. Officials also said Johnson tried to set the car on fire.
The grisly murder was not Johnson’s first run-in with the law; his rap sheet shows an arrest on multiple armed robbery charges in 2005.