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

Florida Teenager Charged With Strangling, Burying Mother

Florida Teenager Charged With Strangling, Burying Mother

Chitwood said the boy admitted killing his mother as she was sleeping.

The two accused of being Ramos' accomplices - Dylan Ceglarek, 17, and Brian Porras, 17 - also students at the same high school in Orange City, were released and placed in home detention but ordered to wear ankle monitors. The boy said he came home from school and saw his mom was missing with her van still running in the driveway.

Ramos told police he later buried his mother beneath a fire pit and staged a burglary at the house with the help of two friends, who are also charged.

Gregory Logan Ramos murdered mother Gail Cleavenger, 46, in her own bed at their family home in Florida shortly after midnight on Friday last week.

The trio kicked in a door and removed items such as a computer, rifle and Playstation, before driving to a nearby church where they buried Gail's body underneath a fire pit. "He went into the back of the house to get a wheelbarrow to remove her body and realized she wasn't dead", Chitwood said, "so he went back to strangle her again".

He found out about her death when he returned home Friday night. But rather than expressing guilt or remorse, Chitwood said he seemed proud.

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After the murder, police say Ramos called friends to help him make it look like someone had burglarized the home.

Volusia County sheriff's detectives are investigating the suspicious disappearance of a DeBary woman who went missing Friday and is considered endangered.

At some point during conversations with investigators the teen confessed to carrying out the murder and staging the burglary with the two other teens.

His friends have been charged with being accessories to the crime. He'd later tell authorities he deserved a Grammy for the "way he performed for the 911 call", Chitwood said.

"To watch how cold and callous and calculating he was, I think was probably the most shocking thing for all of us", Chitwood said.

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. "All our hearts break for this family", Chitwood tweeted on Saturday.

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