Facebook selfie showing murder weapon helps convict killer


Cheyenne Antoine (L) poses with victim Brittney Gargol.Image copyright

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Cheyenne Antoine’s belt (L) is seen as she poses with victim Brittney Gargol

A Canadian woman has been convicted of killing her friend after police discovered the murder weapon used in a picture of the pair on social media.

Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty on Monday to killing Brittney Gargol, 18, in Canada two years ago.

Ms Gargol was found strangled to death near a landfill in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with Antoine’s belt near her body.

Antoine was sentenced to seven years for manslaughter.

She was identified as a suspect after she posted a selfie on Facebook of the two of them, showing her wearing the belt hours before Ms Gargol died.

Antoine, who was initially charged with second-degree murder, showed up at another friend’s house hysterical the night of the murder and confessed to hitting Ms Gargol and strangling her, CBC reported from court.

She said they had got drunk and into a heated argument.

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As part of her plea, Antoine accepted responsibility for Ms Gargol’s death but said she does not remember killing her.

“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 Antoine was sentenced, Ms 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.