Belton: Teen charged in death of boy, 15, tracked down through Snapchat

John Ryan Osborn, 18, of rural Belton was arrested on Jan. 10 on a warrant charging murder. He was released the next day after posting a $100,000 bond. (Jail photo)

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) A teenager charged in a shooting on Jan. 2 that claimed the life of Belton High School student Joshua Allen Reyner, 15, was identified through a series of messages about a marijuana deal exchanged on Snapchat, an affidavit released Wednesday says.

John Ryan Osborn, 18, of rural Belton was arrested on Jan. 10 on a warrant charging murder.

He was released the next day after posting a $100,000 bond.

Reyner collapsed on the night of Jan. 2 after entering through the front door of the home at 1610 South Wall St., where he was staying, police said.

A 911 call from the home was placed at around 8 p.m.

Reyner was taken to Scott & White Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

He died of a gunshot wound to the trunk, an autopsy report said.

Officers searched Reyner’s cellphone and discovered that the teenager was offering to sell marijuana to someone “with the Snapchat name ‘FEDMONEY3’ associated with the account ‘ryann254,’” the affidavit says.

The second to last message provided the address of the home where Reyner was found after he was shot, the affidavit said.

Officers later linked the Snapchat account “FEDMONEY3” to Osoborn and confirmed “Osborn’s use of the account through family and friends,” the affidavit says.

Osborn, however, in an interview with detectives, denied seeing Reyner on Jan 2 and provided the names of “multiple people that he was with that night,” the affidavit says.

Detectives interviewed the individuals whose names Osborn provided and they said he wasn’t with them until later in the evening on Jan. 2, after 8 p.m., the affidavit says.

One witness, after multiple interviews, admitted to detectives that he drove Osborn to a cul-de-sac to buy marijuana, the affidavit says.

He said he drove Osborn to a cul-de-sac “and that an individual came to the vehicle and pulled out the ‘weed,’” the affidavit said.

The witness said he saw Osborn grab the marijuana.

Then, he said, “the individual grabbed Osborn.”

He said he put his vehicle in drive, and then heard two shots, “realizing that Osborn had pulled out a firearm and shot it.”

The witness identified another individual who had “disposed of the firearm for Osborn,” and that person later “provided a firearm” and said Osborn had given it to him to dispose of, the affidavit says.