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New Jersey man in the love triangle admits to killing romantic rival, says prosecutor

Alan McGinnis, 27, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Cody MacPherson, 20.
(Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

A New Jersey man stuck in a love triangle killed his 20-year-old romantic rival during a night of jealousy and anger that culminated in his pleading guilty to murder this week.

Alan McGinnis, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Cody MacPherson, reveal during a plea hearing Monday that he stabbed the victim in the chest and neck in a Pemberton house and pushed his body in the trunk of his car on September 24, 2017, Ocean County prosecutor Bradley Billhimer told the Asbury Park Press on Tuesday. McGinnis faces 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

MacPherson’s remains were found six months after the crime, and — after a joint investigation between authorities within the state, McGinnis was arrested a month later. A grand jury indicted him in August.

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McGinnis’ strange behavior after the fatal stabbing of Macpherson — including casually ask his cousin on the day of the murder for a tool for hiding of the body — was unveiled by the researchers.

“Hey, you have a shovel? I have a body in the trunk,” Michael Weatherstone, a supervising assistant Ocean County prosecutor, called McGinnis to ask his relative April during a hearing, according to the newspaper. He Later dumped MacPherson’s body in a wooded area about a mile away in Jackson.

Weatherstone said MacPherson had his relationship with McGinnis’ ex-girlfriend and mother of his two children, Caitlyn Huertas, who was passed out on a couch after drinking on the night of the murder. Huertas and McGinnis also had a intimate relationship around that same time, a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Patch in July states.

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“He was aware they had slept together in [a] motel the night of Sept. 22 to Sept. 23,” Superior Court Judge Guy P. Ryan said during a previous hearing.

According to the affidavit, McGinnis told Huertas’ family that he killed MacPherson, “because he was no good for [her] and believed that Cody was responsible for her an unfit mother.”

McGinnis will remain in the Ocean County Jail while he waits to be officially condemned.

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