*People who take ‘selfies’ a lot have been called anything from an ‘addict’ to ‘self-absorbed.’ But its just plain nuts if you go as far as this 16-year-old Pittsburgh-area boy did. Maxwell Marion Morton may be headed to jail for a long time after an arrest for a murder police found out about when they were shown a selfie he took with the victim’s dead body. According to court documents, Morton shot Ryan Mangan, also 16 years old, in the face — killing him. And after doing so, proceeded to (allegedly) pose for a selfie with the dead boys’ corpse before sending the picture to a friend via Snapchat.
Snapchat automatically deletes pictures after you send them. But kids have found ways to get around this, despite the app’s “self-destruct” feature. Self-taught ‘techies’ now take a screenshot of the photo prior to it being deleted or they save the photo with the help of third-party apps.
These are the loopholes the friend who received Morton’s selfie with the dead body used to save the picture before it got deleted. When he showed the photo to his mother she promptly notified police officers of the murder.
“[Police] received a copy of the photo which depicted the victim sitting in the chair with a gunshot wound to the face,” reads a police affidavit. “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 ‘Maxwell’ across the top.” According to the police affidavit, Morton also sent text messages to his friend saying “Told you I cleaned up the shells” and “Ryan was not the last one.”
Police searched Morton’s home on Friday, February 6 and found a 9mm handgun which may be the murder weapon because a 9mm casing was found in Mangan’s bedroom, as well.
Once the gun was found, Morton confessed to the murder. He is currently being held without bail and could be tried as an adult for first-degree murder, criminal homicide, and possession of a firearm.
John Peck, the district attorney for Westmoreland County, told reporters that it was the first time that he encountered a case like the Mangan murder.
“I’ve never seen it before,” he said, “but it was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant.”
Morton’s motive is currently unknown.
Read more at Inquisitor.