Facebook selfie leads to conviction in murder case

Facebook selfie leads to conviction in murder caseOn January 15, 2018 Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, was sentenced to seven years in prison for murdering her best friend, 18-year-old Brittney Gargol. A selfie on the killer’s Facebook page of the two from the night of the killing showed the murder weapon, and ultimately helped secure her conviction.

The murder took place in in Saskatoon, a large city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Gargol’s body was discovered on a road by a passerby on the morning of March 25, 2015. A black belt was found next to her body and was presumed to be the murder weapon after an examination of the body.

The pair had been out together the previous evening for a night of drinking, smoking marijuana and partying. Antoine initially claimed that that after attending a house party and a few bars, Gargol left with an unidentified man, while Antoine went to see her uncle.

Antoine’s story was suspicious and the police dug deeper into her Facebook page for clues. They were stunned when they discovered a picture from the night of the murder in which of the Antoine was wearing the same belt that was discovered next to the victim’s body. As her cover story unraveled, she admitted that pair had gotten into a heated argument. She claims that she cannot remember murdering Gargol, but she does not dispute the fact that she killed her.

Digging even deeper, the police discovered that the murderer had posted a message on the victim’s wall the next day in an attempt to throw the police off of her trail. She wrote, “Where are you? Haven’t heard from you. Hope you made it home safe.”

They also learned that she had asked her uncle to provide an alibi for her. Her cover story had completely unraveled.

Now that the murder has been uncovered, Gargol has shown some remorse for her actions, which affected the length of her sentence. She was charged with second-degree murder, but ultimately pleaded guilty to manslaughter instead.

“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.

Before sentencing, Gargol’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,” Jennifer Gargol said.

Source: Nancy Lawrence – Staff Writer

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