Stephens had been on the run for almost 48 hours after posting grisly video on Facebook of himself shooting and killing 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr.at 695 East 93rd Street in Cleveland.
The interview with Cooper came after Godwin's daughters met with Joy Lane, the woman Stephens repeatedly blamed for his problems in videos uploaded to Facebook around the time of the killing. "Some even said he should have killed me". The 37-year-old Stephens shot and killed himself after a two-mile police chase in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday.
Following a brief police pursuit, Stephens died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. "We want to wrap our arms around him", Tonya Godwin-Baines told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday after Stephens' death.
Stephens demanded Godwin repeat the name of his former girlfriend.
"She's the reason why this is about to happen to you", Stephens said on a video posted on Facebook.
"We lost our dad, but this mother lost her son, his children lost their dad", Godwin-Baines said. "I guess he wanted to be caught".
Almost two days after Steve Stephens fatally shot Godwin in cold blood, two of his daughters met with Joy Lane for the first time.
"I looked out and I'm like, 'It sure does look a lot like him, '" DuCharme remembered. He was a "big exaggerator", she said. They last spoke on Saturday evening, Lane said, when he told her he was moving out of state and had quit his job. But they ended their relationship and she pushed for him to seek help for issues with gambling.
Green said of Lane: "It's not her fault".