Maxwell Marion has been charged with first-degree murder

By Steve Helling
Updated February 09, 2015 04:00 PM
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Credit: Courtesy Ryan Mangan

A Pennsylvania teen has been accused of shooting a classmate in the face and posing for a selfie with the victim’s body.

According to police, Maxwell Morton Marion, 16, shot classmate Ryan Mangan and took a selfie with his body. Then, according to cops, the teen sent the photo to a friend via Snapchat, a smartphone app that allows users to send images that are deleted shortly after they’re received. The friend made a copy of the photo and showed it to his mother, who alerted police.

The brazenness of the crime has shocked even the most seasoned prosecutors. “I’ve never seen it before,” District Attorney John Peck told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “but it was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant.”

Police say that the victim, 16-year-old Ryan Mangan, had been shot once in the face with a 9mm handgun last Wednesday afternoon.

Cops soon focused on Marion, in part because of that selfie. “[Police] received a copy of the photo which depicted the victim sitting in the chair with a gunshot wound to the face,” a police affidavit says. “It also depicts a black male taking the ‘selfie’ with his face facing the camera and the victim behind him. The photo had the name ‘Maxwell’ across the top.”

Morton, a junior, was a running back on the school’s football team. Police say he confessed to killing Mangan after police found a 9mm handgun hidden in his home.

Morton is being held without bail at the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center. He has been charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a minor.