Teen who took selfie with friend's dead body to stand trial

Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey doesn't deny that Maxwell Morton killed 16-year-old Ryan Mangan


Associated Press

GREENSBURG, Pa. — A 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy charged with fatally shooting a friend in the face, then taking a selfie with his body has been ordered to stand trial on criminal homicide and firearms charges.

Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey doesn't deny that Maxwell Morton, of Jeannette, killed 16-year-old Ryan Mangan at Mangan's home Feb. 4.

But Thomassey disputes that Morton meant to kill Mangan. He says the boys were horsing around with a loaded gun when Mangan was shot. A police officer testified that Morton was trying to take a picture of Mangan with the cellphone aimed down the barrel of the gun before pulling the trigger.

Thomassey says Morton panicked and took the selfie to send to a friend as "proof" after the friend refused to believe what happened.

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