A 15-year-old Florida teen remains locked up after investigators say he strangled his mother following an argument over bad grades.
On Sunday, Volusia County Judge Angela Dempsey said the teen will face a first-degree premeditated murder charge in the death of 46-year-old Gail Cleavenger, who was found buried under a nearby church’s fire pit.
“This was methodical. I mean his own words were it took thirty minutes to kill his mother,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.
Officials with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said 15-year-old Gregory Ramos confessed to killing his mother by strangling her at the family’s home on Alicante Road late Thursday.
Deputies said used a wheelbarrow to load her into her van and buried her beneath a fire pit at River City Church on East Highbanks Road early Friday.
Friends and neighbors knew Cleavenger as a kind, caring wife, mom and friend.
“I just started crying you know, I can’t imagine getting that call, her husband….” Lynn Hackett said. “I’m gonna miss her, and I think it’s a terrible tragedy.”
Two 17-year-olds who Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said helped the boy conceal the crime were released Sunday into home detention, where they’ll wear ankle monitors.
Public Defender Larry Powers is representing Ramos.
He told the Daytona Beach News-Journal he agreed with the judge’s decision that probable cause existed to detain his client on a murder charge.
Assistant State Attorney Tammy Jacques says prosecutors are deciding whether to try him as an adult.