But cops weren't buying Ramos' story, and when the boy was questioned, he confessed to the crime - strangling his mother, 46-year-old Gail Cleavenger, late Thursday night, then using a wheelbarrow to load her into her van and bury her beneath a fire pit at River City Church in DeBary, just northeast of Orlando, police said.
The teenager appeared in juvenile court on Sunday along with two 17-year-old co-defendants who were charged as accessories after the fact to first-degree premeditated murder. "She was such a small lady", Turner said. He told police he choked her for 30 minutes until she was dead.
The boy faces murder charges, Sheriff Chitwood said. "Unfortunately her foot was protruding after digging down eight or 10 inches".
He later confessed to the murder of his mother and implicated his friends.More news: Barty beats Wang to win WTA Elite Trophy final
"Even in the interview room, normally you figure there's a point in time where somebody's going to break down or there's going to be some type of emotional - there was no emotional, nothing".
"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.
Criminologist Dr. Casey Jordan spoke to Inside Edition about the killing.
"I don't know what it is that's making them snap", Allman said. His mom was there and cheered him on.More news: Pop singer Beyonce lends star power to Texas Democrat O'Rourke
Ironically, Ramos studied criminal justice, was a member of the sheriff's office's police explorer program and aspired to be a homicide detective. "It's just beyond belief for me to understand that", Hackett said. His favorite course was criminology. But rather than expressing guilt or remorse, Chitwood said he seemed proud. "Love this face, ' she wrote".
Officials with the Sheriff's Office said the 15-year-old called 911 Friday, claiming to have found his home burglarized, his mother nowhere to be found and her vehicle running.
In between the argument the mother had called father Danny Cleavenger - who was away on a business trip in Seattle - to tell him about the grade.More news: Ilhan Omar Defeats Jennifer Zielinski In Minnesota’s 5th District Race