Can a selfie help crack a murder case?
Though it seems difficult, police in the Canadian city of Saskatoon solved a mysterious murder case whose investigation spanned nearly two years. It showed that social media is increasingly being used in major crime investigations.
Cheyenne Rose Antoine, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of her best friend, 18-year-old Brittney Gargol, in March 2015. Gargol was found injured on a road in the outskirts of the city in 2015. It was later determined that she had been strangled to death.
The clue in the murder case was belt found lying next to her body. After initial investigation, police found out that on the night of murder, she was with her friend Cheyenne. When detectives dug deeper, they found a selfie posted by Cheyenne on Facebook just hours before Gargol died.
The selfie soon made Cheyenne the prime suspect, as Cheyenne was found wearing the belt in selfie. After the discovery of selfie, Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty to killing Brittney 2 years ago, BBC reported.
Antoine was charged with second-degree murder and was sentenced to seven years for manslaughter. Further investigation revealed that on the night of murder Antoine showed up at another friend’s house hysterical and confessed to hitting Gargol and strangling her.
She said they had got drunk and got involved in a heated argument.
“I will never forgive myself. Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back. I am very, very sorry… It shouldn`t have ever happened,” she said in a statement through her lawyer.
Jennifer Gargol, victim`s aunt gave a victim impact statement to the court:
“Most days we can`t stop thinking about Brittney what happened that night, what she must have felt fighting for her life.”