Teen accused of killing DeBary mother remains locked up

Arturo Kim
November 8, 2018

Chitwood said that Ramos tried to justify his actions as "preemptive self-defense", and was convinced that "he had to kill [Gail] before she killed him".

"I do have an order to take juvenile into custody on a charge of first degree, premeditated murder - a capital felony", the judge said. He was in court Sunday, along with his friends - and alleged accomplices - Dylan Ceglarek and Brian Porras.

He also reported his mother missing and said there was a van with the engine running sitting in his driveway.

According to Chitwood, the suspect then returned home with his mother's body, had two friends help bury the victim, and staged a burglary scene by hiding electronics and other items. Chitwood said he anticipated that the state attorney's office would soon file a murder charge.

A 15-year-old DeBary boy is being charged with the murder of his mother after Volusia County sheriff's detectives investigating her disappearance today obtained his full and detailed confession.

Chitwood named the defendants and showed their mugshots, but Law&Crime is not identifying them because they are minors, and it is unclear if they will be charged as adults.

The son entered her room about 12:30 a.m. Friday, investigators said.

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That's when authorities said he proceeded to strangle her again, this time killing her.

He then called his two best friends to help hide her body and stage a robbery at his home. Detectives also found a shovel and a broom used to bury the mother and straighten up the area around the fire pit.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the teen was motivated by "rage" as he carried out the killing.

"I have a feeling this is a case we'll be hearing about for years to come", he said. "By all accounts she was an wonderful human being", Chitwood said. All our hearts break for this family, ' he added on Twitter.

The boy's reason? The mother and son had gotten into an argument over a "D" grade he got at school, police said, adding that Ramos got upset after his mother called his father, who was out of town on a business trip.

"The case we worked tonight was one of the most disturbing and saddest I've seen in my career".

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