A 15-year-old teen boy wanted by police and previously caught trying to enter Canada has been charged with the murder of his grandmother.
The accused killer, Logan Mott, will now remain in a New York detention facility for a few days, before being extradited to Florida to face the charges, according to WJXT.
Joanna Pasceri, a spokesperson for the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, said Mott was charged as an adult with the murder of his grandmother. She said that the teen faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
However, because of Mott’s young age, he could be set for an earlier release from prison, CBS News reported.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office confirmed that an arrest warrant had been issued for Mott over the murder in a tweet.
An arrest warrant has been issued for #LoganMott for the murder of #KristinaFrench. Authorities in Buffalo, NY have been made aware of the warrant and are coordinating with #JSO for the extradition of Logan Mott. pic.twitter.com/KNxekAb2q3
— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) November 28, 2017
The body of 53-year-old Kristina French was found last week in a shallow grave in the yard of a home where Mott lived with his father, according to previous reports. The body was discovered the same day the teenager was caught trying to cross the border.
Authorities said they found some guns along with the weapon used to kill French where at his father’s house.
“Anytime you kill anyone it’s tragic. But … allegedly to kill your grandmother, that takes it to another level,” said Erie County, New York, District Attorney John Flynn, WJXT reported.
However, Mott’s New York defense attorney, Dominic Saraceno, said the information in the arrest warrant doesn’t prove anything.
“It doesn’t prove anything,” Saraceno said after the hearing. “There is no motive. No confession. There could be dozens of alternative theories on what happened.”
We need all eyes looking for these two who are missing and may be endangered. Call 911 if you have seen these people or vehicle the last couple days.#LoganMott – 15 years old#KristinaFrench – 53 years old
May be in a silver Dodge Dart, 4 doors, Florida tag DLLT42. PLEASE RT pic.twitter.com/wdYkq0bZZB
— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) November 23, 2017
Mott’s mother, Carrie Campbell-Mott, from Missouri, arrived in New York on Tuesday. The mother told WJXT that she is very concerned and cannot believe her son committed the crime.
Saraceno has pushed for a delay in the case, as the extradition hearing was postponed to 9:30 a.m. Friday later this week.
“We are talking about a 15-year-old boy being charged with the most serious charge in the penal code,” Saraceno said. “We have to do our due diligence and follow the proper procedures and make sure everything has been properly done.”
According to CBS News, the grandmother worked as a director of operations for a non-profit group called the May Institute that helped people with autism and other special needs.
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