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".
The teen is charged with first-degree pre-meditated murder and will be held in the Juvenile Detention Center for the next 21 days because he is a minor. The teen enlisted the help of two friends, both 17, to stage the burglary, police said.
When police arrived at his home they found the front door kicked in, the house ransacked and Cleavenger's truck in the driveway with the engine running, according to a police statement posted on the department's Facebook page.
Ramos' attorney, public defender Larry Powers, appointed by the court, did not have much to say and agreed with the judge's decision that probable cause existed to detain Ramos on the 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.
The son entered her room about 12:30 a.m. Friday, investigators said.
The boy left to school, and after returning home from school on Friday, he told deputies that his mother had vanished.
Ramos then reported his mother missing in a 9-1-1 call after getting Porras and Ceglarek to help him make it look like burglars broke into the home.
As the investigation continued, detectives say the teen's story about the alleged robbery began to unravel, and he confessed to strangling his mother.
WFTV reported that Ramos allegedly strangled his mother and they got into a fight over a "D" grade he received in school.
Volusia County sheriff's detectives are investigating the suspicious disappearance of a DeBary woman who went missing Friday and is considered endangered. "All our hearts break for this family", Chitwood tweeted on Saturday. This suspect "matter of factly" admitted to everything, and said he thought he deserved a "Grammy [sic]" for his performance on the 911 call, Chitwood said.
"The case we worked tonight was one of the most disturbing and saddest I've seen in my career", Chitwood said.