The Times Herald (Norristown, PA)

Teen charged after girl receives video about possible murder


BENSALEM (AP) >> Authoritie­s say a 16-year-old Pennsylvan­ia youth is facing a criminal homicide charge after another teen reported receiving a video from him saying he had just killed someone and showing “the legs and feet of someone covered in blood.”

Bensalem police said the girl’s mother called 911

Friday to report a possible murder and saying that her daughter had received an Instagram video from a 16-year-old acquaintan­ce who allegedly “stated that he had just killed someone.”

“He then flipped the video image and showed the legs and feet of someone covered in blood,” police said in a statement. The youth then allegedly asked for assistance with disposal of the body, police said.

Officers sent to check out the mobile home reported a juvenile male running out of the back of the trailer. Inside, they found “a deceased juvenile female on the floor of the bathroom with an apparent gunshot wound,” police said. Officer also noted that “substantia­l steps” had been taken “to clean up the crime scene,” police said.

The youth was arrested shortly afterward and charged in Bucks County with criminal homicide, possessing instrument­s of crime and evidence-tampering. As he taken into custody, he told officers “it was an accident,” authoritie­s said in an affidavit of probable cause.

William McVey, Bensalem’s director of public safety, told the Bucks County Courier Times that the girl was 13, was not a relation and wasn’t from Bensalem. She had one gunshot wound to the chest, McVey said. He thanked the girl who alerted her parents after receiving the video, saying her actions led to the quick apprehensi­on of the youth.

Court documents don’t list an attorney for the defendant, who was taken to a juvenile detention center after arraignmen­t.

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