'I have a body in the trunk': Man fatally stabs romantic rival, drives around all night looking for a shovel

Alan McGinnis admitted to stabbing 20-year-old Cody MacPherson who was allegedly involved in a tryst with his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two children Caitlyn Huertas


                            'I have a body in the trunk': Man fatally stabs romantic rival, drives around all night looking for a shovel

A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to stabbing and killing a romantic rival and then driving around with the body in the trunk of his car looking for a shovel to bury the corpse. 27-year-old Pemberton resident Alan McGinnis admitted to stabbing 20-year-old Cody MacPherson — who was allegedly involved in a tryst with his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two children Caitlyn Huertas — in the chest, neck, and abdomen on September 24, 2017, and then dumping the body in a wooded area.

According to the Asbury Park Press, after McGinnis murdered MacPherson, he hid the 20-year-old's body in the trunk of his car and then drove around all night looking for a shovel with which he could dig a grave. He is said to have then approached his cousin at around 3 am in the morning and asked candidly, "Hey, do you have a shovel? I have a body in the trunk."

McGinnis will be sentenced to 30 years behind bars (Source: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
McGinnis will be sentenced to 30 years behind bars (Source: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

Michael Weatherstone, a supervising assistant Ocean County Prosecutor, revealed at McGinnis' detention hearing this past April that it was a love triangle between him, MacPherson, and Huertas that drove the 27-year-old to commit the murder.

Oxygen reported that Huertas had broken things off with McGinnis one day before the murder. The 27-year-old apparently announced his intentions to kill MacPherson to a group of people at his ex's house that morning — all three were living together at the home in Brown Hills in Pemberton Township at the time.

Then, when Huertas and MacPherson were passed out together on a couch upstairs, McGinnis stabbed the 20-year-old in the throat before then dragging his body outside and inflicting a stab wound to the chest. MacPherson was reportedly still alive when McGinnis put him into the trunk of his car and then drove off to dump it under a pile of debris in a wooded area.

An affidavit states that McGinnis then returned to the home and told Huertas' relatives that he had killed his ex's lover because "because he was no good for [Huertas] and believed that he was responsible for her being an unfit mother."

Despite announcing his intentions to kill MacPherson and then openly stating he needed a shovel to bury the body, it would take authorities six months to uncover the 20-year-old's body. His remains were finally found by a district warden with the New Jersey Fire Service during a controlled burn in the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in March.

An investigation was subsequently launched and McGinnis was apprehended in connection to the murder. It emerged that Huertas' mother, Kathleen Huertas, had sopped up the 20-year-old's blood from the living room of the home with the help of another relative. It is unclear if they will be facing charges for their role in covering up the crime.

McGinnis entered a plea of first-degree murder before Superior Court Judge Guy P Ryan. The terms of the plea bargain mean he will be sentenced to 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole. He currently remains incarcerated at the Ocean County Jail.