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Man convicted in killing after being ID'd through Snapchat

Posted: 4:35 PM, Jun 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-08 19:45:45-04
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man has been convicted of murder in a drug-related robbery killing in Las Vegas after initially being identified as a suspect because a friend of the victim thought to check and preserve a Snapchat message.

Jurors on Thursday convicted 25-year-old Montrell Russum of murder, robbery and conspiracy in the 2018 killing of 25-year-old Martell Williams.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Williams was found dead by a friend, Brandon Boisclar, who said he immediately wondered with whom Williams had last been in contact.

Bosclair said he saved a Snapchat message on Williams' phone, and detectives then used the message to identify Russum.

Snapchat messages typically can be seen for only a brief period of time.

Detectives also used cell tower records to identify two other suspects. They await trial.

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