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Did Selfie Killer Post A Fake Facebook Comment As An Alibi?
A young killer took a selfie with her friend on Facebook hours before she was murdered, then made a disturbing comment.
An young killer took a selfie with a homicide victim on Facebook hours before the crime. Authorities now believe that she also used the social media platform to manufacture a false alibi to cover up her crime. As People reported, 21-year-old a (seen left) sent her friend, the victim, a comment on Facebook that said, "I hope you made it home safe."
Canadian prosecutor Robin Ritter says it was all part of Antoine's ploy to ensure she looked innocent in murdering 18-year-old Brittney Gargol (seen right). “The accused went to great lengths to try to mislead police and steer them in the wrong direction,” Ritter said “She manufactured a false alibi, placed the blame on other people, generated false suspects, was following up with [Facebook] posts saying, ‘I hope you made it home safe’ … she knew she didn’t because she killed her.”
Antoine originally pleaded innocent in the 2015 strangling death of Gargol. The victim's body was found near a landfill after the two had spent the night partying. Antoine concocted multiple stories, including one involving random men that they met committing the crime. Facebook was a key in helping break the case. Authorities saw a selfie of the two women, shared by Antoine, in which the same woven belt used to murder Gargol was worn by Antoine on the night of the incident. Ritter said that the selfie “was a very important piece of evidence,” but added that there was more to the investigation. “It was a complicated case for the investigators. They did a remarkable job, going from practically nothing to making an arrest and ultimately, [Antoine] accepting responsibility for the murder.”
Antoine eventually pleaded guilty. Last week, Antoine she said that she and the victim were best friends who went out drinking the night of the crime. She said that she was sorry for her actions but didn't remember the actual act of killing her friend. “I will never forgive myself,” she said in a statement read in court. "Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back. I am very, very sorry...It shouldn't have ever happened."
She was sentenced to seven years in prison.