Judge orders DeBary teen accused of killing mom to remain in detention

Judge orders DeBary teen accused of killing mom to remain in detention

A 15-year-old aspiring homicide detective has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder after authorities said he strangled his mother and then recruited friends to help bury her body following an argument about his grades.

Gregory Logan Ramos confessed to killing 46-year-old Gail Cleavenger by strangling her at the family's home on Thursday night, according to Volusia County sheriff's detectives.

Dawn Marie, a family friend, told Inside Edition Ramos is "not the monster they say he is", adding, "he was brought up in a loving home by loving parents". The two other teens are facing undisclosed criminal charges, the sheriff's office said.

Gail then called stepfather Danny Cleavenger - who was away on a business trip in Seattle - to tell him about the grade, before going to bed around 11pm. That's when authorities said he proceeded to strangle her again, this time killing her. 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.

Investigators spent hours talking with the son, Chitwood said at the Saturday press conference.

Police responded to reports of the burglary at the home on Friday afternoon.

"Then got home and made in his words a call to 911 to talk about this awful incident that did not really occur", Chitwood added.

Friends say his mother was a loving woman whose last post on Facebook was a photo of her son when he was 6.

Police discovered Cleavenger's body in the church fire pit early Saturday, Newsweek reported.

"Apparently there was a dispute about [grading] marks with his mother, and after an argument that occurred around 11 o'clock, around 12:30 he went into her room and woke her up and began to strangle her until he killed her", he said.

The murder of Gail Cleavenger is as gruesome as it is chilling, with the local sheriff telling Fox 35 that the case is "one of the most disturbing and saddest I've seen in my career".

"We would come home and sit in the driveway and talk about our kids having driver's license finally, and all that kind of stuff", Hackett said.

But deputies who arrived at the scene were suspicious of Ramos' demeanor and allegedly got him to confess to the crime during an interrogation.