GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a western Pennsylvania teenager charged in the shooting death of another teen took a selfie with the body and sent it to a friend on social media app Snapchat, according to the Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh.
Maxwell Marion Morton, 16, of Jeannette, is charged with criminal homicide and a firearms count in the death of 16-year-old Ryan Mangan, who was found fatally shot Wednesday evening, Feb. 4 in his Jeannette home.
Police were contacted by the mother of another boy who said he’d received a photo showing the suspect with the victim after he’d been shot, and also received text messages from the suspect saying “Told you I cleaned up the shells” and “Ryan was not the last one.”
Police say they identified Morton through a selfie he took. They say the picture shows Morton next to Mangan’s body, which authorities found in the same position and condition.
Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck tells the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that the photo “was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant.”
Mangan’s funeral was scheduled for Monday morning at Sacred Heart Church in Jeannette. The Jeannette School District delayed classed by two hours because of the funeral. Both boys attended classes there.
Morton faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 19.