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02-08-2015, 08:09 AM

Updated: 10:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 | Posted: 7:28 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
16-year-old charged in shooting death of Jeannette teen took selfie with body


A selfie photograph led police to charge a teenager in connection with the Wednesday shooting death of another teen in Jeannette, according to authorities.


Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck confirmed late Friday night that Maxwell Morton, 16, was charged as an adult in the shooting death of Ryan Mangan.


The alleged selfie obtained by police showed Morton posing in front of Mangan’s body. A woman contacted police Thursday after her son received the Snapchat photo from Morton, police said.

Morton is charged with criminal homicide and murder in the first degree, in addition to one count of possession of a firearm by a minor, according to court documents. He was denied bail Friday night.

Authorities said Mangan, 16, was found shot to death inside his mother’s Rankin Avenue home around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The selfie “depicted the victim sitting in the chair with a gunshot wound to the face,” according to 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.”

The black male was identified by police as Morton and a search warrant was served Friday, the affidavit stated. During the search a 9 mm handgun was recovered and Morton confessed that he used it to shoot Mangan

The affidavit further stated that the son of the woman who contacted police about the selfie received messages from Morton. The messages stated, "Told you I cleaned up the shells" and "Ryan was not the last one."

Sources told Channel 11’s Joe Holden that Mangan was shot once in the head.

The Bobster
01-20-2016, 04:43 PM

Should 1st-Degree Murder Charge Stand in Teen's 'Selfie' Shooting Case?
Published at 9:35 AM EST on Jan 20, 2016

The lawyer for a 17-year-old Pennsylvania boy accused of taking a selfie next to a 16-year-old teen he had just fatally shot wants a judge to dismiss a first-degree murder charge.

Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey says Maxwell Morton, of Jeannette, didn't mean to kill his friend. The attorney says in a Westmoreland County court filing on Tuesday that the Feb. 4 shooting of Ryan Mangan was an accident. :rolleyes:

Thomassey says the boys were horsing around with a loaded gun that was in Mangan's house. Morton was also 16.

Police say Morton was trying to take a picture of Mangan with the cellphone aimed down the barrel of the gun before pulling the trigger. Prosecutors say Morton told police he pulled the trigger then took the selfie showing Mangan shot in the face behind him.

The Bobster
02-15-2017, 09:56 AM

Teen Accused of Taking Selfie With Victim Faces Murder Trial
Trial underway for teen police say took selfie with corpse
Published 4 hours ago

A trial is underway for an 18-year-old Pennsylvania man accused of shooting a friend in the face and then taking a selfie with the victim's body.

Two officers testified Tuesday that Maxwell Morton, then 16, showed little emotion or concern about the February 2015 shooting of 16-year-old Ryan Mangan.

Westmoreland County Detective James Williams told jurors "when he described pulling the trigger, he had a little smirk on his face."

Police contend Morton took a photograph of himself with Mangan's body minutes after the shooting and an hour later sent the image via Snapchat while he played online video games with a teen in Wisconsin.

The defense has argued that the teens were playing with the gun and it accidentally fired.

The judge ruled Monday the selfie can be seen by the jury.

The Bobster
02-17-2017, 04:59 PM

Jury Convicts Pennsylvania Teen Who Shot Friend, Took Selfie With Body
Jury finds Maxwell Morton guilty of 3rd-degree murder
Published at 11:23 AM EST on Feb 17, 2017

A Pennsylvania man who authorities say shot a friend and then posed for a selfie with the dying teen has been convicted of a less serious charge.

Eighteen-year-old Maxwell Morton was convicted Thursday of third-degree murder in the shooting of 16-year-old Ryan Mangan in February 2015. Morton was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting.

The jury rejected prosecutors' arguments that Morton intentionally killed Mangan.

Morton testified Thursday that the teens were playing with a handgun and he thought it was unloaded when he pointed at him and pulled the trigger.

He says he took the selfie to document what happened before he had planned to kill himself.

Morton testified that people think that he's a monster, but that he's actually a "chill kind of guy."

He faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in May.