16-year-old Commits Murder And Takes Picture With Body
A 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy is behind bars after authorities say he killed a fellow teen and then took a snapchat of himself with the body.
Maxwell Marion Morton, 16, of Jeannette was charged with murder Friday night in the death of Ryan Mangan, 16, also of Jeannette. Westmoreland County detectives and Jeannette police charged Maxwell with criminal homicide, first-degree murder and illegally possessing a 9 mm handgun. He was arraigned before District Judge Joseph R. DeMarchis of Jeannette, was denied bail and is being held in the county jail. A preliminary hearing is set before before Mr. DeMarchis Feb. 19.
Rebecca Murtland, Ryan’s mother, first contacted police at about 6 p.m. Wednesday saying she had found her son dead, with a gunshot wound in the face.
On Thursday, a woman told police her son had a copy of a Snapchat photo sent from the accused. Jeannette Sgt. Donald Johnston saw the photo, depicting the wounded victim in the chair as found by his mother. It also depicted a young man taking a “selfie” with the victim in the background. The photo had the name “MAXWELL” across the top and the young man was identified by Sgt. Johnston as Maxwell Morton.
The woman also said her son received messages from Maxwell, stating, “Told you I cleaned up the shells” and “Ryan was not the last one.” The investigating officers said the photo depicts the victim as he was found at the crime scene.
After a search warrant was served at Morton’s home, a 9 mm handgun was found in the basement under the steps. Police said after being advised of his rights with his parents present, the young man confessed to using that gun to shoot Ryan Mangan, “leaving the victim dead in his room.”
Wow! Did this kid wanna get caught?!
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