A jealous New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his ex's new boyfriend in the neck, abdomen and chest last year while the two were engaged in a dramatic romantic rivalry.
Alan McGinnis, 27, entered his plea of first-degree murder of 20-year-old Cody MacPherson on Monday, the Asbury Park Press reports.
After killing the victim inside a Pemberton home on Sept. 24, 2017, McGinnis hid the body into his trunk before driving around all night looking for a shovel with which to dig a grave.
During a hearing held in April, it was revealed that McGinnis approached his cousin after killing MacPherson, asking, “Hey do you have a shovel? I have a body in the trunk," the Asbury Park Press reported in April.
He then dumped the body in a wooded area.
Despite announcing he had a corpse in his car, MacPherson's remains were not found until six months later; McGinnis was arrested one month after the grim discovery.
McGinnis killed MacPherson over a woman that they were both romantically involved with, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by Patch.
Caitlyn Huertas, McGinnis’ ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two children, reportedly broke things off with him one day before the killing, according to the affidavit.
At the time, all three people were staying at Huertas’ mother’s home. Huertas and MacPherson were both passed out on a couch when MacPherson was stabbed; she reportedly slept through the whole thing, the Asbury Park Press reports.
After McGinnis dumped the body in the woods, he returned to the home and told Huertas’ relatives he killed MacPherson, "because he was no good for [Huertas] and believed that Cody was responsible for her being an unfit mother," according to the affidavit.
The woman's mother and another relative allegedly cleaned up the blood while McGinnis was dumping the body in the woods. It's unclear if they will be facing charges for doing so.
McGinnis now faces 30 years in prison without any possibility of parole for the murder. He will remain jailed while he awaits sentencing.
[Photo Credit: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office]
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