In Jeannette Pennsylvania, a 16 year-old black male is being held without bailÂ in the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center on charges of first-degree murder, homicide, and possession of a firearm by a minor.
Maxwell Marion Morton allegedly shot and killed fellow 16-year old Ryan Mangan in the face, and then took a “selfie” with the dead body. The selfie taken by the teen was sent using the popular app Snapchat, which allows users to post photos or videos and send them to friends. The images then self-delete after a brief period of time. The recipient of the selfie was able to take a screen shot of the image before it deleted and showed the picture to his mother, who immediately contacted authorities.
According to a police affidavit, the selfie depicted the victim sitting in a chair with a gunshotÂ wound to the face. It also depicts a black male taking the selfie with his face facing the camera and the victim behind the actor. The photo had the name â€˜Maxwellâ€™ across the top.
WPXI Channel 11Â News reportedÂ the affidavit stated that the son of the woman who called police about the selfie got the following messages from Morton: â€œTold you I cleaned up the shellsâ€ and â€œRyan was not the last one.â€
District Attorney John Peck â€” who has been a prosecutor for more than 30 years â€” says the teenâ€™s selfie with the dead body is a first for him.
â€œIâ€™ve never seen it before,â€ Peck said, â€œbut it was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant.â€
After police discovered a 9 millimeter weapon hidden under the basement stairs, the teen confessed to the killing. Â Although investigators found a 9mm casing in Manganâ€™s bedroom, they have not yet been matched it ballistically, the DA said.
Peck said police charged Morton as an adult, and they are still looking for a motive in the killing on Mangan.
Thursday evening around 40 friends gathered to remember Ryan Mangan. Â Close friends of Mangan said he was outgoing and an easygoing person.
â€œ(Heâ€™s) always cracking jokes, always being goofy, always wanting to be funny – the class clown. (He) wanted all eyes on him,â€ said Francesca Malak, one of Manganâ€™s friends.
The teen was a junior at Jeannette High School.
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