Judge: Volusia Co. teen accused of killing mom will remain in jail

Florida
R-FLORIDA-TEEN-KILLED-MOM-O_1541430672489.jpg

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.
 

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

one Rays fan has high expectations for the upcoming season

Thumbnail for the video titled "one Rays fan has high expectations for the upcoming season"

STORM TEAM 8 FORECAST: Beautiful day ahead before turning warmer, more humid this week

Thumbnail for the video titled "STORM TEAM 8 FORECAST: Beautiful day ahead before turning warmer, more humid this week"

Volunteers beautify garden in honor of Carlie Brucia in Sarasota

Thumbnail for the video titled "Volunteers beautify garden in honor of Carlie Brucia in Sarasota"

1 dead, 5 hospitalized after crash sends car into Tampa canal

Thumbnail for the video titled "1 dead, 5 hospitalized after crash sends car into Tampa canal"

Woman's body found at Tampa park, police investigating

Thumbnail for the video titled "Woman's body found at Tampa park, police investigating"

Thousands turn out for first day of Gasparilla Distance Classic

Thumbnail for the video titled "Thousands turn out for first day of  Gasparilla Distance Classic"

2 teens killed, 14-year-old injured after head-on collision with semi on US-92

Thumbnail for the video titled "2 teens killed, 14-year-old injured after head-on collision with semi on US-92"

STORM TEAM 8 FORECAST: Sunshine returns but cool temps stick around for one more day

Thumbnail for the video titled "STORM TEAM 8 FORECAST: Sunshine returns but cool temps stick around for one more day"

Low temps have people seeking warmth inside businesses, cold weather shelters

Thumbnail for the video titled "Low temps have people seeking warmth inside businesses, cold weather shelters"

Hillsborough deputies arrest 2 men in computer scheme that targeted victims across US

Thumbnail for the video titled "Hillsborough deputies arrest 2 men in computer scheme that targeted victims across US"

Medical marijuana dispensaries broken into in Clearwater, one at 4:20 a.m.

Thumbnail for the video titled "Medical marijuana dispensaries broken into in Clearwater, one at 4:20 a.m."
More Local News

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss