The Bergen County resident held in the choking murder death of a woman he was having physical intercourse with took a photograph of the dead victim’s body and posted it on social media Snapchat before asking for help, according to the magistrate in the matter.
An examination into the murder of Francis Veronica Garcia, 19-year-old, found that Michael Gaffney, 21-year-old, turned to Snapchat after the woman fell motionless in the back seat of her vehicle, according to Superior Court Judge Margaret Foti.
“She passed out. I didn’t know what to do next,” Francis Gaffney wrote on Snapchat, Foti said in court Wednesday, November 13, reading the post to the courtroom, which had incorporated the victim’s family.
The magistrate then denied releasing Michael Gaffney on bail, ordering his alleged insensitive post along with his history of controlled substance abuse.
Michael Gaffney, of Maywood, was caught and charged with homicide following the death of Francis Garcia, a Bloomingdale resident.
The woman was discovered at around 2:14 a.m. on November 2 in her car, which was placed at 140 Prospect Avenue in Hackensack. She was carried to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she was declared dead soon before 3 a.m.
Micahel told police the pair were having physical intercourse in Francis’ car for about twenty minutes, and at one point he put his palms around her neck. She then lost awareness, according to a complaint of a feasible cause registered by the police.
After allegedly posting the Snapchat photo, Michael talked a group of friends who were close by and told them Francis wasn’t exhaling, the police officials said.
Michael’s lawyer, Adam Lustberg, said Friday he’s anticipating a “more detailed post-mortem report” that may draw a more definite description of what transpired to Francis. “At this period, it’s just too quick to tell,” Lustberg told.