Florida Teen Charged With Strangling, Burying Mother

A 15-year-old Florida boy has been charged in his mother's strangulation death after her body was found buried at a nearby church.

The Volusia County teenager was arrested early Saturday after the body of his 46-year-old mother was found under a nearby church's fire pit. 

Investigators say the 15-year-old boy killed his mother after they argued about his school grades.

After the killing, authorities say the boy called friends to help him make it look like someone had burglarized the home. The boy initially told deputies his mother was missing.

On Sunday, Volusia County Judge Angela Dempsey said the teen will face a first-degree premeditated murder charge and remain jailed. 

Public Defender Larry Powers is representing the 15-year-old. Powers told local news outlets that he agreed with the judge's decision that probable cause existed to detain his client on a murder charge.

The two 17-year-olds who Chitwood said helped the boy conceal the crime were released Sunday into home detention, where they'll wear ankle monitors.

Prosecutors are deciding whether to try the teen as an adult.

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