A Florida teen has pleaded not guilty to killing his grandmother and dumping her in a shallow grave. According to First Coast News, Logan Mott of Neptune Beach, Florida is accused of killing his grandmother, 53-year-old Kristina French.
On November 22, both 15-year-old Mott and the grandmother were reported missing by family after noticing that their vacation home had been ransacked. Shortly after, authorities unearthed the body of French. They believe she had died from a gunshot wound but her body also showed signs of stab wounds.
Authorities then found the teen trying to leave the country. He was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for trying to cross into Canada.
He had three guns and a knife covered in what looked like blood on him at the time.
Mott has been charged with murder and has pleaded not guilty.
As previously reported by First Coast News, Mott is being represented by a public defender. He is currently in an isolation cell for what is described as his own safety. He is expected to remain there until he is sentenced. His mother penned a letter regarding his medical treatment in jail. She says that his health, which includes diabetes, is deteriorating in his current prison conditions. “He says he is freezing which is a clear sign his insulin is not being controlled properly,” the mom wrote. “This is a serious medical issue and I will have no choice but to run it up the chain if I hear nothing back.”
She told First Coast News that she wants him in a juvenile facility. "Logan should be in a smaller juvenile facility where his medical needs can be monitored closely and he will have opportunity to interact. There's no need for 'protective custody' at a juvenile facility.” Mott's attorney also issued a statement about this: “I have previously discussed Logan’s medical issues with her. As the result of those conversations, I have had numerous discussions with the Director of the Jails about monitoring and handling Logan’s condition. I have also been meeting regularly with Logan, most recently yesterday evening. Due to Federal privacy laws, it would be inappropriate for me to discuss the actual monitoring and treatment for his condition.”
Mott is being charged as an adult which is why he is at Duval County jail.
[Photo: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office]