Teen charged with murder after posting gruesome Snapchat selfie

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Devindra Hardawar
February 9, 2015 11:19 AM
In this article: mobilepostcross, selfie, Snapchat
Teen charged with murder after posting gruesome Snapchat selfie

In what's probably the most extreme look at selfie culture yet, a Pittsburgh teen has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting a classmate and then taking a selfie with the corpse. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 16-year-old Maxwell Marion Morton sent the incriminating photo to a friend via Snapchat, who ended up taking a screenshot before it was automatically deleted. Morton also reportedly sent several texts that incriminated him further. He's now being charged as an adult after confessing to the police following a search of his home. "I've never seen it before," district attorney John Peck told the Review, "but it was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant." This isn't the first time we've seen tech involved with major crimes -- texts often end up working against criminals -- but this case is particularly disturbing since it centers on a selfie, which is something we associate more with innocent fun than a brutal murder.

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