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Man Convicted in Killing After Being ID'd Through Snapchat

Jurors convicted 25-year-old Montrell Russum of murder, robbery and conspiracy in the 2018 killing of 25-year-old Martell Williams after Snapchat was used to identify Russum

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    Man Convicted in Killing After Being ID'd Through Snapchat
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    FILE- This Aug. 9, 2017, photo shows the Snapchat app on a mobile device in New York. Twenty-five-year-old Montrell Russum was recently convicted of murder, robbery and conspiracy after police used a saved Snapchat message to identify him.

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

    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.

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    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.