Maxwell Morton was sixteen years old when he would shoot his friend and then take a selfie. According to court documents Maxwell Morton told police that he asked his friend Ryan Mangan to take a photo of him holding a gun, then the gun accidentally went off striking Ryan. Now instead of calling 911 like a normal person Maxwell Morton would take a selfie with the body and sending it online. This teen killer would be convicted of third degree murder and sentenced to thirty years in prison in Pennsylvania
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Date of Birth: 05/21/1998
Height: 5′ 05″
Current Location: PINE GROVE
Permanent Location: PINE GROVE
Committing County: WESTMORELAND
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A selfie that shows Maxwell Morton smiling in front of the body of his friend, Ryan Mangan, was released into evidence at the young man’s murder trial Tuesday in Westmoreland County Court.
Morton, 18, of Jeannette, is accused of fatally shooting Mangan, 16, as they played video games on Feb. 4, 2015. The question of whether Morton intended to pull the trigger was addressed in opening statements Tuesday.
District Attorney John Peck argued that the shooting was premeditated. He said Morton’s actions and statements to police afterward proved that, while also showing a lack of remorse.
Defense attorney Pat Thomassey disagreed, saying the shooting was an accident and Mangan was Morton’s friend.
The mother of a boy in Wisconsin reported the selfie after it was sent to her son. That led police to Morton’s house, where he told police a little about what happened and where the gun was.
Morton originally told police that he and Mangan were playing with the weapon, and he wanted to take a picture looking down the barrel and he shot Mangan.
“He had a little smirk on his face and said, ‘I didn’t really care either,'” said Westmoreland County Detective James Williams, who interviewed Morton in the presence of his parents after the search and before Morton was arrested.
The conversation to which Williams testified was not recorded, and according to his police report, Morton originally said the shooting was an accident.
Testimony will continue Wednesday morning before Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio.
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An 18-year-old man who shot his 16-year-old friend two years ago while they played video games, then took a selfie of himself next to the victim, was found guilty Thursday of third-degree murder by a Westmoreland County jury.
“It was a difficult case because of what he did afterwards, in terms of the selfie and all of the other stuff,” said Maxwell Morton’s defense attorney, Pat Thomassey. “I give the jury credit. I think they came to a reasonable conclusion based upon all of the evidence they saw.”
Morton, of Jeannette, testified that he and Ryan Mangan had no issues between them, and he was having fun visiting Mangan’s home that day in February 2015.
Morton said the two were pretending to be rappers and imitating what they do in music videos when he saw a lump in a pillowcase, and Mangan pulled out a handgun. Morton testified that Mangan was waving the weapon around and pointed it at him, and Morton then wanted to handle the gun.
Morton told the jury that the clip was out of the firearm, and he didn’t think the weapon was loaded when he pointed it at Mangan and pulled the trigger. The gun fired once, hitting Mangan in the face, but Morton said he did not call 911, nor did he call his parents or ask neighbors for help, because he was afraid to tell anyone what happened.
Morton took a selfie of himself smiling next to Mangan and sent it via Snapchat to a teenager in another state. The teen’s parent reported the photo, and Jeannette police were notified of the shooting. The picture was introduced as evidence in the trial.
Dr. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist, testified that Mangan could have survived the shooting if he had received medical care. Instead, authorities said Morton posed for a selfie with his dying friend and then fled the house without seeking aid.
Morton was returned to the county prison after the verdict to await his sentencing date.
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