LOUISIANA – The fatal stabbing of a woman broadcast live on social media led police to find her body in the parking lot of an office building in the Louisiana capital.
Janice David, 34, was found dead in a vehicle shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, the Baton Rouge Police Department said.
“Someone saw the video, notified Facebook, Facebook then notified the state police,” McKneely said, according to the video from NBC affiliate WVLA of Baton Rouge.
Authorities arrested Earl Lee Johnson, 35, on Monday and charged him with first degree murder. He was already in police custody in a stolen-car case Monday when officers discovered David’s body, the police sergeant said. L’Jean McKneely Jr. told reporters.
During a news conference Tuesday to announce the arrest, police said Johnson and David had been at a day-long “drug party” before he allegedly strangled, beat and stabbed her.
“Apparently they were involved in drug use together for a couple of days and the end result, as everyone has seen on Facebook Live, is a very gruesome and evil act,” police spokesman L’Jean McKneely said.
Autopsy results are pending.