Florida teenager charged with strangling, burying mother

Florida teenager charged with strangling, burying mother

Chitwood said that Ramos tried to justify his actions as "preemptive self-defense", and was convinced that "he had to kill [Gail] before she killed him".

Chitwood said Ramos faces murder charges. He was in court Sunday, along with his friends - and alleged accomplices - Dylan Ceglarek and Brian Porras. The boy said he came home from school and saw his mom was missing with her van still running in the driveway.

Volusia County Sheriff's Office detectives said the victim's son, Gregory Ramos, confessed to murdering his mother and, with the help of two friends, burying her body under a church fire pit.

The group also took several items from the home, including a PlayStation, a firearm and some electronics and hid them in the woods near the body to further the robbery-gone-bad ruse they planned to use the next day. The two other teens are facing undisclosed criminal charges, the sheriff's office said.

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"As the investigation began, it became quite apparent that this was not an act of random violence, that in fact the 15-year-old probably had killed his mother", Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.

He found out about her death when he returned home Friday night.

A GoFundMe page has been started for Cleavenger.

The mother's body was located at the fire pit at River City Church by police on Saturday morning after the teen confessed, the press release stated.

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Investigators spent hours talking with the son, Chitwood said at the Saturday press conference. 'I have a feeling this is a case we'll be hearing about for years to come.

Jacques countered that Porras should be in secure detention because he is charged with a "very serious crime".

Deputies also recovered a shovel and broom used to bury Cleavenger and straighten up the scene around the fire pit. He'd later tell authorities he deserved a Grammy for the "way he performed for the 911 call", Chitwood said. All our hearts break for this family, ' he added on Twitter.

Investigators learned in the confession from Ramos that he strangled Cleavenger to death in a fit of rage after an argument because Ramos received a D in a school subject.

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