Report: 16-year-old murder suspect took selfie with body, posted it on social media

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PITTSBURGH — A 16-year-old teen is accused of shooting a friend in the face, taking a selfie with the body and sending the photo out on the social media app Snapchat, the Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh reports.

According to the newspaper, Maxwell Marion Morton is being held in juvenile detention on the charges of first-degree murder of Ryan Managan. Morton is charged as an adult.

Managan’s mother found him dead at their Pittsburgh area home Wednesday, the Tribune-Review reports. He suffered a single-gunshot wound to the face.

A friend of Morton’s came forward to police, saying the suspect sent him a photo of he and the apparently dead victim. The friend told police he saved the picture, and he showed it to police. The picture allegedly showed the victim sitting in the chair with a wound on his face. Morton allegedly posed behind the victim. Morton also allegedly sent text messages that read, “Told you I cleaned up the shells,” and “Ryan was not the last one.”

Police searched Morton’s house, the Tribune-Review reported, and allegedly found a 9 mm handgun hidden under basement steps. Bullets from the handgun allegedly matched shell casings found at the murder scene.

During a police interview, Morton allegedly confessed to the killing. No motive for the shooting was released.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck told the Tribune-Review in his 30 years as prosecutor, he’s never seen a suspect take a selfie with the dead victim.

“I’ve never seen it before,” Peck told the Tribune-Review. “But it was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant.”

Pamela Rutledge, the director of Media Psychology Research Center and a psychology and social media instructor at the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbra told the Tribune-Review, criminals likely post their crimes to social media sites as a part of self-importance.

“Perpetrators in need of validating their power and sense of self-importance have used all kinds of communications to ‘brag’ about criminal activities — from the local hangout to social media, like Facebook,” Rutlege said.

 

 

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14 comments

  • Steve

    All these reports conveniently fail to note that it was a BLACK teen who killed his WHITE classmate. Not to mention the black kid has an expressionless look in all his online pics, and the white kid always looked happy. I didn’t get a chance to see the murder selfie, but 100$ says that n199@ was smiling then (smh).

    • DuhNigreus

      Thanks for standing up and stating the truth. We’d never hear the end of it if the races of killer and victim had been reversed. Instead, the world yawns.

      • mikedotsun

        Who cares about th e race of the victim or the perpetrator. Both blacks and white have murdered each other in the past. I simply find this crime very disturbing. Race is irrelevant .

        • AFP

          Are you kidding? Race absolutely matters. The media is obsessed with it. For the public to have an accurate perception of what is happening on the street they need to know. Black on white crime is regularly burried like this story. When a Hispanic named George Zimmerman kills a black kid it was suddenly a breathless and national story about “white on black” violence. It’s a dangerous joke, there is deception going on and a false reality created with reason.

    • Lece

      well why would they want to enter in facts…bet the protesters don’t know that even though the black community is only 7% but yet they commit 57% of the crimes…but as long as it is a black on white crime facts don’t matter..but if it was reversed we would be seeing more protests

  • Frank

    Oh, gee…another hate crime being spun so that any allusion at all to it being a hate crime is not made public. Just wait until they start giving the justified reasons for it…they’ll make the white victim out to be a monster, and the black thug murderer to be a challenged, oppressed victim. Just wait and see.

  • jamison "pelphrey" atkins

    Yes another black killing a white – but the media does not want you to know this. it’s true, I found pictures of the murderer and the victim. If a white had killed a black classmate it would be the lead story on the news – “unarmed black teen shot by classmate”….etc

  • AFP

    What a perverse article. What kind of “friend” shoots you in the face and takes selfies? Also, why not mention the race of the perp and the victim? You know it would be the lead element were it the other way around.