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. 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.
Sheriff's officials said Ramos enlisted the help of two friends to stage a burglary at the home on Alicante.
Ramos then teamed up with his close friends from University High School, Dylan Ceglarek and Brian Porras, both 17, to make it seem as though Cleavenger was killed during a break-in. "There was nothing at all like that", Chitwood said.
His alleged version of events is said to have unraveled quickly, with Chitwood saying the boy showed 'no sign of remorse, whatsoever, ' after he reportedly admitted killing his mom. All our hearts break for this family, ' he added on Twitter.
Ramos' crime is shocking, said Chitwood, who revealed that the teen took 30 minutes to strangle his mother with his bare hands, a deed he described to investigators in a remorseless confession.
"He believed he was the smartest person in the room and he continued to tell us his theories of what he believed and why: what happened to his mom and where we should be focusing our attention", Chitwood said.
Detectives responding to that call around 3:52 p.m. began investigating what initially was reported as a burglary, supposedly discovered by Ramos after he came home from school.
After several hours of intense interviews, Ramos "broke" and confessed to everything.
Ironically, Ramos told Sgt. A.J. Pagliari that he dreamed of becoming a homicide detective like him one day.
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. He elaborated that he'd thought he had killed her early Friday morning and went outside to grab a wheelbarrow but saw she was still alive when he returned.
None of the defendants entered any pleas and it wasn't immediately clear if they would be tried as adults.